Hey foxy now l am hurt.......The mooring
is a concrete sinker type, and there is not a lot of room for the pack of boats that live there. The chain length is dictated by swinging room not by "anchor" scope
.....I guess l was far more worried about another boat breaking its chain and coming for a visit. My chain is of the "Industrial size" !! I have already had a large house boat break off and come for a look. It was my closest neighbour so it is a miricale that it only put a scratch in my hull
. Having said all that, l dumped my mooring
and went for a night further down the system (peace and quiet). When l got back my mooring bouy was gone.....I went round in circles like a duckling that has lost
its mum, making similar sorts of noises. See the lakes where so high, that the jettys where all under water
. l live 350 kms away so anchoring
and driving off for a couple of months was out of the question. The water
is like drinking chocolate that a kid has put an extra five teaspoons in, so there is no way a diver would ever find it. Lots of rude words flowed till my brain started to wind
back up again. I ended up joining together all my spare ropes. Anchoring
near where l though the mooring may be, l threaded my stainless boarding ladder onto the middle of the line. I tied one end off on the bow of the boat and then went for a long row with the other end, in a huge circle arriving back at the stern. On the way I was lucky enough to snag the submerged bouy. I then pulled the two ends together and held them parralel while I dragged the dingy under, and along.When l was right over the top l tied on my largest fender
. The problem was simple. The mooring has a very heavy chain which when you dump sits on the bottom, with a light "dog chain" that is attached to the pick up bouy. The dog chain was not long enough......
. PS just one of the 7 rivers that where (are) in flood (all go into the lakes system) was flowing at 147 000 mega litres over the Glenmaggie dam wall........this is half the dams entire capacity. two days before it was nearly empty and had been for years.