50k. Fun! We always run 2 lines. Prepare both with a bowline from each forward cleat, take one around the forestry so they are both on one side ready to thread through the mooring buoy loop. Jen lays on the tramp while I motor
forward and try hold position till it's threaded, then take the lines back to the cleats
(all lines running inside the hull). Make sure the lines are returning to the same side so you have 2 fully adjustable bridles and if one parts
you are still connected to the mooring by one line. Shorten the bridles a lot, they don't need to be 45 degrees like the bridle
, just central and about 1 or 2 meters in front of the forward beam is fine. If the buoy is too low to pick up that way you can pick it up with a line from the transom. One way is to use the end of the mooring line from the forward cleat, then walk it alongside and make it off when it's close to the bow. Use the line to lift
the buoy while you thread the other bow line.
I usually dive down and check out the moorings and sometimes add a safety
line from the block to the bridles in case the mooring tackle gives way somewhere ( if strong winds are expected).
It can be hard to see the buoy when you are approaching so try stand I the seat and ask your gf to give hand signals so you can get the best approach. Failing that try yelling at each other,that seems to work for a lot of couples
"I can't reach why are you driving over there?.."
" I can't see the feking buoy, where is it?.."
Eh fun fun fun, enjoy the islands!