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Old 25-05-2017, 19:34   #1
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Picking up a moring in Brisbane River

Can someone who's been to Brisbane River explain please how you pick up these moring between the polls in the river. I've never been there but plan going there this year and I'm not sure of the process involved in tying up to these polls in the river. Thanks
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Re: Picking up a moring in Brisbane River

We took a pile mooring next to the Botanic Gardens in Brisbane yesterday.

Are you asking about the mooring procedure or the bureaucratic process?
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Re: Picking up a moring in Brisbane River

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We took a pile mooring next to the Botanic Gardens in Brisbane yesterday.

Are you asking about the mooring procedure or the bureaucratic process?
Both, As I will be there later on this year,

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Re: Picking up a moring in Brisbane River

You can't book in advance. Just rock up and see if any are available.

The vacant ones don't have any lines between the piles.

You really need two people aboard, to make it easy to pick up a mooring.

It's pretty easy then though.

Google "Brisbane river pile moorings."
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Re: Picking up a moring in Brisbane River

OK, I would recommend you go through the paperwork in advance. The process is like a marina but you have to walk across town to an obscure office to submit the paperwork and then again to pick up keys etc.

To pick up the mooring, motor slowly against the current and put an extra long bow line through the ring on one pole. This could be done with one person but would require thought and planning. The next step really depends on the size and type of boat, current and wind. You may be able to let the boat fall back towards the other pole and control it with a bow line. Otherwise deploy a dinghy to run another line aft. You will have more control and security if you run two lines each fore and aft.
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Re: Picking up a moring in Brisbane River

Just one more note, knowing the time and hassle of checking in and tying up I would anchor in the river next time. Plenty of room.

We also took city moorings in the boat basin in New York City. Similar vibe. River. High rises. Park. International cruisers. Good food etc nearby. But NYC handles the check in process on site. Too bad the city of Brisbane can't make the check in easier.
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Re: Picking up a moring in Brisbane River

You dont mention the term of stay, Had a vessel moored for two years in the river at a marina more wear and tear on lines and fenders Best views and location worth a few days ,Gardens Point nice spot but a pain running from dock to vessel ,Vandels have been known to interfere with tied inflatables so caution
There are some private Marinas on the river at Bulimba Addison Quays seems to have empty berths worth talking to them Delucac 0733691000 they might do could do short term stays the Brisbane river is a tidal river and have found its current at about 4-6 kn the city cats wreck havoc on the river from 6am till midnight so no need form alarms
Good luck hope you take time to see Tangalooma Peal Island and the Gold Coast Broad Water
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Re: Picking up a moring in Brisbane River

I recall a smallish sailer making the mistake of tying the sternline first when motoring against the current - & then getting a bit sideways & end up staying pinned to pile & neighbouring boat for the duration of the tide...the keel being at an angle to the surrent letting him heel - looked hilarious but is easily done...
(well, that was in the early 80ies...but I reckon the current is still there...
another boat lost it's mast when it was swept under the bridge, Captn Cook it was
& there were other "hilarious happenings" during our cyclon-season stay there...)
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Re: Picking up a moring in Brisbane River

Thanks for that info, but what do you mean by not having any lines between the piles for vacant ones? If you leave them but want to come back do you leave a line attached between the piles?
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Re: Picking up a moring in Brisbane River

Yes, you can leave lines in place and come back, provided you've paid for the berth.
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Re: Picking up a moring in Brisbane River

There are two moorings on the Brisbane River operated by the city council.

One is at the Botanic Gardens and the other at Breakfast Creek.

Have a look at Google Maps to see how the boats are moored.

The webpage giving you all the information is:

https://www.brisbane.qld.gov.au/faci.../boat-moorings
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