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Old 14-07-2016, 12:20   #1
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UFC Mooring Ball FIGHT!!!

One of the sagest bits of advice I give is that sometimes it takes a few tries to get the boat to do what you want. Particularly with docking, anchoring and mooring balls.

So patience, I claim, is a virtue.

Thus, with modesty streaming over the gunwales, I submit to you my latest mooring ball pickup....




Have you got a record of your worst maneuver????




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Old 14-07-2016, 12:34   #2
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Re: UFC Mooring Ball FIGHT!!!

are all those tracks you trying to catch the mooring, our are so your track after

if my wife a/had been there she would have straightened you out with her Chicken Wing Stare of Dealth
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Old 14-07-2016, 12:37   #3
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Re: UFC Mooring Ball FIGHT!!!

Was this after the Rum party?
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Old 14-07-2016, 13:10   #4
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Re: UFC Mooring Ball FIGHT!!!

I delete my track when that happens
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Old 14-07-2016, 13:15   #5
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Re: UFC Mooring Ball FIGHT!!!

The track is Boat Performance Art. You should apply for a grant...

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Old 14-07-2016, 13:19   #6
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Re: UFC Mooring Ball FIGHT!!!

I see.........

A rhinoceros....
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Old 15-07-2016, 01:21   #7
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Re: UFC Mooring Ball FIGHT!!!

Yes sailing onto a mooring can be a real challenge...uh, oh that's right, you were motoring. ;~》

I see it..."horse in motion" ( After Duchamp )

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Old 15-07-2016, 01:31   #8
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Re: UFC Mooring Ball FIGHT!!!

Im intrigued by the variety of directions that you undertook in order to lock on....

I, of course, have never taken more than 15 attempts to lock on.... but the truth is that after the 5th its easier to stop counting.

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Old 15-07-2016, 02:25   #9
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Re: UFC Mooring Ball FIGHT!!!

Mark, you should check You tube in case someone filmed it. Nothing like a couple of thousand armchair experts critiquing you techniques
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Re: UFC Mooring Ball FIGHT!!!

Of course single handing and trying to snag a mooring in a strong current with a decent breeze will lead to this sort of choreography. Add in some wakes and no tall buoy to easily grab... it does require skill and luck! I had to make several attempts on multiple occasions. A person at the bow and another at the helm makes this usually a one shot deal usually. If this was in the Hudson by 79th street I can see how it could be difficult single handed.
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Re: UFC Mooring Ball FIGHT!!!

If I'm picking up a mooring single handed, esp if a bit rough, I use a line from the bow, then back up to the mooring, on my boat easy to get to the stern from the helm, and can then grab the mooring with a boat hook, and tie on. Once done, let the boat turn by herself, and, if required, use the capstan winch to pull the boat up to the mooring. The advantage is both you can see the mooring all the time, and it's closer to get to than off the bow.
Depending on boat design, this may or may not work for you.....


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Re: UFC Mooring Ball FIGHT!!!

Lost the one my wife made in Green Bay. Your track makes her feel much relieved.
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UFC Mooring Ball FIGHT!!!

Maybe the "magic" of the Hook and Moor will make it easier to pick up a mooring ball.
You can find demo videos on youtube.
I am a satisfied user, just keep the plastic rolling balls clean.



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Re: UFC Mooring Ball FIGHT!!!

As a newbie, I am much relieved.
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Reminds me of one on the Hudson.
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