Fact is we all started out like these folks who are having all the trouble- I for one have made just about every mistake you could ever think of over my 48 years of running a boat-short of sinking one so when you point your finger and laugh at them remember YOU once were in there place, and you were no better! As a Professional Charter
solo half the time) I know that port very well and it’s not always easy as the wind
picks up to 20-25+ knots most afternoons and the anchor
may not hold due to the underwater tombs and patchy bottom ,My Manson Supreme has failed to hold there more than once in 25+ knots of side wind
and I’ve had to go out and re drop again there ,not before I went sideways with the wind into a 35 meter mega yacht smacking my bucking bow in the chop right in one of its port lights- So we all live and learn as we go-We all have to start somewhere and all of us knew nothing when we did- Our egos like to point the finger and say to ourselves (and others) that I’m much better, bigger, smarter ,better looking, more money
, more experience ect-but in reality were no better, we have just learned a few tricks –were all out there together with our pants down so to speak!
Originally Posted by hoppy
For 4 days I have been tied up at the quay in Paros Greece
which as it turns out is a base for charter
boats. Many charter boats have come in whist I have been here and I have seem so many hamfisted attempts at mooring
The worst was an old couple in a Bene 54 who tried to tie up two spots from me, stopped half a boat lenght short and therefore could not throw a line to me on the quay. They then drifted into the next berth and then eventualy into my boat. The moved forward, got past my chain and then tried to reverse into the spot on the other side of me with their chain crossing several berths and my chain.
Thankfully they listened to my instructions and went back out and redropped their anchor
and finally got into the original berth.
Then a few minutes ago a big Bavaria
tried to moor in a spot next to me that was only wide enough to fit half a boat. I was sitting at my computer and was shocked to see the stern on the boat through my pot hole. Luckily the quay was busy with people so the Bavaria
was given the hint to nick off before I got topside
There have been plenty more incidents like these in the past few days here and at other ports
where charter yachts visit
So far I have done better mooring
solo than quite a few of these charter boats (touch wood)