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Old 10-03-2013, 17:16   #31
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Re: Anyone Come Up With A Clever Way To Pick Up A Mooring Rope On A Rough Day?

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Sure...pretend the buoy it's a bull, and lassau it! Mauritz
so you have never heard of a pick up buoy for moorings. ok it has a long stick part with a weight on the bottom(underwater end) end and a small floatie thing, or buoy, near the weighted end. you tie this thing tothe mooring a syouleave, and when you come back, is so easy to pickup that mooring you would not believe it. try it some time. is good tool. it can be picked up from bow or from stern or in between.

btw, the mooring set up in catalina uses pick up buoys--they look a lot like mob poles but they are not.

teknav, if you wish to pick up your mooring by lassooing the ball, have a great time doing so..will be fun to watch.....
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Old 10-03-2013, 20:46   #32
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Re: Anyone Come Up With A Clever Way To Pick Up A Mooring Rope On A Rough Day?

Grapples are handy in other situations too, such as:

- your mooring or anchor chain breaks in a storm. Grapple onto a fishing boat as you get blown towards oblivion. Or grapple another boat that's dragging when you're secure.
- you have to take lines ashore quick smart because the cove doesn't have room to swing, but the banks are steep and slippery. Toss your grapple around a treetrunk or over a branch, or into a suitable gap between big boulders. It will hold the boat while you arrange something permanent, like shackling a chain or wire sling around a suitable strong point.
- climbing a wharf intended for full-size ships: go up the rig, grapple something strong on the wharf, use it to tilt the rig, and walk over on a spreader
- recovering from an embarrassing situation - like when a doubled spring hangs up and fails to render through a ringbolt, when springing off a wharf.
- etc etc etc
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Old 10-03-2013, 21:00   #33
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Re: Anyone Come Up With A Clever Way To Pick Up A Mooring Rope On A Rough Day?

I just drive up to it slowly to the side of the boat as though it was a dock. Grab the line from the front of the cockpit and walk forward with it as the boat begins to drift back. Simple.
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Old 11-03-2013, 07:27   #34
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Re: Anyone Come Up With A Clever Way To Pick Up A Mooring Rope On A Rough Day?

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Grapples are handy in other situations too, such as:

- your mooring or anchor chain breaks in a storm. Grapple onto a fishing boat as you get blown towards oblivion. Or grapple another boat that's dragging when you're secure.
- you have to take lines ashore quick smart because the cove doesn't have room to swing, but the banks are steep and slippery. Toss your grapple around a treetrunk or over a branch, or into a suitable gap between big boulders. It will hold the boat while you arrange something permanent, like shackling a chain or wire sling around a suitable strong point.
- climbing a wharf intended for full-size ships: go up the rig, grapple something strong on the wharf, use it to tilt the rig, and walk over on a spreader
- recovering from an embarrassing situation - like when a doubled spring hangs up and fails to render through a ringbolt, when springing off a wharf.
- etc etc etc
Walk over on a spreader !!!!! Andrew ,YOU DA MAN !! My wife is gonna wanna try this one! Give us more .
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Re: Anyone Come Up With A Clever Way To Pick Up A Mooring Rope On A Rough Day?

I made a long leader line for my mooring, with two small floats at the end. Easiest thing in the world to use the boathook to grab between the two floats and then cleat the leader off. Then you have all the time in the world to hook your bridle up properly. I used to sail up to mine and that made it easier.
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Re: Anyone Come Up With A Clever Way To Pick Up A Mooring Rope On A Rough Day?

I've always used one of these and never had a problem picking one up even in a good chop. I believe they are called a "mast buoy" but growing up we called them mooring wands.

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Re: Anyone Come Up With A Clever Way To Pick Up A Mooring Rope On A Rough Day?

pick-up buoys--they used to be called dan buoys. they have a stick to pick up and makes life sooo much nicer, ye can make em from mob poles or from scratch por buy them already assembled and there are many brands.
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Re: Anyone Come Up With A Clever Way To Pick Up A Mooring Rope On A Rough Day?

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I don't think we've ever failed to pick up a mooring on the first attempt.
That is an amazing record. You could give me and about 99.9% of the boaters in the Caribbean a lesson.

I personally can relate to the OP's frustration. Most of the mooring balls we have come across don't have a pendent to grab. With one design, they have a steel ring on top which you have to thread your line through. We use two lines which makes it double tough to get it done quickly. It is a long reach down to the ring. The second design I have seen is where the line goes through the ball and forms a loop. The ball freely moves on the line so you have to actually motor past or over the ball in order to get the line to come up to the boat. We use a boat hook to grap the loop and have broken the head of it twice due to not getting it connected quickly enough. On a calm day, sure you can nail them easily.

If it's really rough and windy, we back into it and get our first line through off the stern. The second line we can get when we are swimming.
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A friend of mine swears by a device called the 'happy hooker'. There seems to be quite a few similar devices available too.

http://m.youtube.com/#/watch?v=6nYX-...?v=6nYX-V5W8VQ

I have considered this but not tried it personally.

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in coronado, when it was windy it was nasty as hell....i used a pick up buoy. made all the difference.
What is a "pick up buoy"?
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Re: Anyone Come Up With A Clever Way To Pick Up A Mooring Rope On A Rough Day?

A buoy picker upper! Mauritz
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Re: Anyone Come Up With A Clever Way To Pick Up A Mooring Rope On A Rough Day?

I think this is the best method.



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Re: Anyone Come Up With A Clever Way To Pick Up A Mooring Rope On A Rough Day?

I usually drop my own ground tackle slightly upwind, reverse crosswind so as to snag mooring ground chain.

Then hoist it up off bottom so I can drag it clear of my needed swinging room, before releasing so I can then anchor with my own trusted gear ...
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Re: Anyone Come Up With A Clever Way To Pick Up A Mooring Rope On A Rough Day?

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Not to change the subject, but, what a nice boat your Norsea is! For years there was the smaller model, maybe 21', dying in a backyard near Ludington, MI USA.
I sadly watched her go. I did ask the owner about parting with her but he had grand ideas.
Once on Mackinaw Island, MI I saw a 27' like yours from either Ohio or Canada. A nice boat. A big boat in a small hull!
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Re: Anyone Come Up With A Clever Way To Pick Up A Mooring Rope On A Rough Day?

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What is a "pick up buoy"?
read post number 31.
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