how will your mooring anchor
be secured to the bottom ? Large weighed blocks, or anchors driven into rocks.
How will you be securing the mooring line from the mooring ball to your vessel ? How strong is your mooring line from the bottom to the ball.
For normal mooring conditions in the south pacific
, We use double bridles, and chafing gear
and secure the bridles with proper cleat hitches to the individual bridles to port and starboard bow cleats
If in an open roadstead, that is usually protected from the prevailing winds and seas, we have recommended to get the boat out of that usually safe mooring area should a low pressure storm, or santa ana winds, strong NE causing very high seas in association with those winds or storm systems.
Moorings can drag, lines part, deck cleats
ripped out, or other vessels if moored or anchored can break free, or moorings can drag another vessel into yours.
Laying out additional anchors would be an emergency
suggestion but if another boat drags into yours, and you are not on board to drop off and escape, well, lots of damage or worse.
Agree with talking with the locals. That means everyone including other boat owners. And the harbies or coasties if there are any in your area.
Island, vessels that are moored or are in harbors, when storm warnings are posted, they get out and get to a more protected area.
On the north shore in Hanalei Bay, all boats are moved out of the mooring /anchorage area from November until about may. Due to the huge seas that come rolling in during those months from the super strong
storms up in the northern latitudes.
Were it our vessel, we would do a whole lot of research
before putting in a mooring in an open roadstead, or along a coast line. Mother Ocean is one
tuff critter, and when joining forces with wind
, storms and powerful seas, not sure how much the weather
gods pay attention to calculations.
when we owned our own vessels, Crealock
37, and Ericson
Olsen 34, we paid the freight for well protected docks deep inside of harbors. That might not be possible in your situation.
Just FYI from our experience, and having to get out of harbors or bays when strong wind
and high seas warnings were issued. Also, when sailing internationally, Australia
, south pacific
or coastal sailing, we do our best to find a protected anchorage or mooring area.
And, if moorings are available, we will pay the mooring fee for what ever time that we are staying. Hate standing anchor
watches, and possibly having to play bumper boats at 2:00 am.