Please NO Flames.
I am a new poster who was gifted six months ago with a 35' fiberglass
sailboat by my "Sh_ _ House Rat crazy uncle" Boris. Since this is my first boat since owning a Hobie cat
when I was a kid, the learning
curve is steep, but I am keen to evolve. My mooring
needs to evolve too.
In a nutshell, I am looking for advice on mooring
my sailboat in the ICW
in south Florida
. Specifically, what ground tackle to use, and best practices. I have read pages and pages on swivels, shackles, and differences between and betwixt anchors. So now I am opening up to y'all to solicit your opinions...
I want people to sail by and go "wow, that mooring system is overkill for a 35' sailboat, but at least she will be okay for a hurricane..."
The mooring field where she will reside is about 15fsw, the tidal current
is "medium," and this is hurricane
country. I would really appreciate any and all constructive opinions about how to keep her tight and swinging happily. The bottom is SANDY with a little muck in spots. Right now I just have a 35# plow anchor
shackled to 15ft of g30 3/8" galvanized chain, and 45' of scope
in a 5/8" 3 stranded line going into my anchor locker
I have an idea that is best described thusly:
3-4 "screw anchors/augers" galvanized, approaching 8ft in length screwed into the sand. Connected to a bridle
of 3/8" g30 chain (or bigger ___?" chain) up to a ____inch swivel, then connected to the bottom of a 2ft mooring ball, then 3/8" g30 CHAIN from the top of the mooring ball ALL THE WAY TO THE BOAT. Additionally, to take shock loads, a "snubber" from the mooring ball TIGHT to the boat, consisting of 5/8" (or less?) 3 stranded poly anchor
My considerations are that the boat is 35 feet long, and weighs in at ~12000lbs. Daily 180degree swings with the tide, AND HURRICANES.
The reason I have come to want ALL CHAIN, for my mooring system is the proliferation of drunk power boaters making their way to and fro. Also, I want to REMOVE the possibility that some SOB will come by and cut my anchor line. I will NOT be living aboard
, and only visiting the boat once a week, but hopefully more often.
My goal is to sleep well, and take her out into the ocean a few times a month, learning
to sail. Once I gain some experience, and sailing wisdom, take her on extended trips.
THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THIS FORUM, and the wide and varied opinions herein. So here are my questions:
0) Are galvanized screw anchors "cool?" for this task, others nearby swear by them... very few actual anchors are employed for moorings here. Certainly considered temporary arrangements.
1) How much and what sized chain from the (screw) anchors up to the 2ft mooring ball in 15fsw (allowing for storm surge, and tides)? Length of scope
needed? 3/8" 1/2" or what sized chain?
2) I know opinions about swivels vary, but to avoid twisting or kinking the chain in 180 degree twice daily swings of tide and wind
... a 5/8" galvanized swivel on my mooring anchor chain up to the ball? ---NO SS Kong swivels, just a galvanized "eye and eye" swivel---
3) The best way to keep a "catenary" slack chain all the way from the top of the mooring ball over and into my chain locker. Thoughts and scope?
4) The proper way and what size of a "snubber" line to act as a shock absorber from the mooring ball to my boat. Mandatory.
I am not sure if the practice of twisting in augers/screw anchors in Florida
is okay, I personally would not consider them "permanent" wink, wink. Please no suggestions about 2 ton granite boulders, buckets of cement, or old engine
blocks, please. I want to do this within the bounds of sanity.
Lastly, I want people to sail by and go "wow, that is overkill for a 35' sailboat, but at least she will be okay for a hurricane..."
A green, but enthusiastic sailor