Originally Posted by Aqualibrium
There are so many variables on this issue.
Etc Etc Etc
Indeed. We have two approaches to using a mooring
ball and it has a lot to do with the sea/wind conditions at the time.
If calm conditions, we'll pull the mooring
ball line up over our crossbar and tie it to the centre cleat, keeping the ball positioned and just tight enough from hitting the hulls and also ensuring it doesn't go under the hulls removing my paint
When winds and/or current
pick up, we'll attach the (anchor) bridle
, which is the correct method, as this then transfers the loads direct to the hull's strong points and provides a longer catenary to the clump weight which is also favourable.
Quite often we will shift between the two within a day or two with changing conditions, sometimes up in the middle of the night
, but so be it.
Im not sure we need a 2nd bridle
; not yet convinced of the argument for this, but this may be a vessel dependant requirement (?).
Also, don't loose the fact that you may have to pull off in a hurry and thus you want an easy to remove arrangement.
We also keep a 5mx12mm nylon braided line at the bow to attach to a mooring ball for additional length or to replace the existing (worn/damaged) one.