Back to the original discussion - single
hand mooring in rough weather
- backing up to the mooring is not an option in such weather unless your boat is a "double-ender." In which case it would of no value anyway. Waves and wind
would be crashing against your stern and could be pooping your cockpit
. Indeed, even sending wave water
up your exhaust
pipe to stall the engine
. Boats with an open transom passage
would have a flood of wave water
crashing into the cockpit
- - I see the only viable technique is to put the bow - or the section of your boat forward of the keel
- slightly upwind of the buoy at an slight angle to the wind
and stop the boat. Then you hurry to the rail by the buoy and snag it and clip on your line as you drift back onto the buoy. You really don't have time to be running a line through the buoy ring and then back to the bow cleat. Your boat is pitching and raising and falling, as is the buoy so you have only a second or two to attach to the buoy ring or the buoy pendant eye.
- - The forces of the boat and buoy rising and falling will make hanging onto a "doubled thru" line unlikely and you could possibly be pulled over the side. Using a large carabiner snap shackle eliminates that problem as you instantly snap the buoy ring or feed the carabiner through the pendant eye and snap onto your bow lead line. Then let loose of the buoy. Speed is the essence of success.
- - After you are stabilized and shortened your single line to the buoy, you can then plan to feed another line down and through the buoy ring or pendant eye from both your port and starboard bow cleats
- - These carabiners come in sizes up to 5 inch or more and are quite hefty and easy to grab in your hand.