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Old 18-03-2013, 08:08   #46
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Re: Anyone Come Up With A Clever Way To Pick Up A Mooring Rope On A Rough Day?

If I remember correctly in key west the mooring have no pendents just a ball with a slimy eye.and the wind seems to always be blowing 20. Single handed I had a hell of a time till a kind soul in his dinghy helped
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Re: Anyone Come Up With A Clever Way To Pick Up A Mooring Rope On A Rough Day?

Upp my way this is called a "swedish Hook" since a lot of mooring in Sweden is done to a mooring ball with a small circular eye on top. I tie a line in the handle end of this. Sail up and hook the buoy with the hook end. Now I can just pull the boat up to the mooring by the line and "thread the needle2 with another line. Costs about 20 bucks over here, although I suspect any metal shop with stainless could make you one for about 10 bucks
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The cheap simple way if two up, is when on the fore deck have a length of sinking rope, each end tied to the bow cleats, collect the bight in the middle and lasso the mooring buoy, job done, as when you drift back the rope is then pulled under buoy and you are then held whilst you sort things out. No frustrations no mashed fingers no broken boat hooks. This method is basically what is taught by the RYA.
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I use a floating pole but someone has come up with a way to catch the mooring line unassisted. The name of the device is catchersnatcher and there is a video on youtube.
Has anyone used it? I'd like to know if it works.
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Re: Anyone Come Up With A Clever Way To Pick Up A Mooring Rope On A Rough Day?

i always caught mine unassisted nicely with a pick up buoy. nothing else necessary...lol
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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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If I remember correctly in key west the mooring have no pendents just a ball with a slimy eye.and the wind seems to always be blowing 20. Single handed I had a hell of a time till a kind soul in his dinghy helped
last time i was there they had rotted poly on about 1/4 of them.

I use a rolling hitch on a (homemade) boat hook, made fast to bow with enough line to go back to cockpit,slide by buoy leaving it to lee side. snag it like a trap ball. drift back then i can take my time putting pendent on.
Leave a pendent and bouy and either the line will be gone or somebody will be on that bouy when you come back there!
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The cheap simple way if two up, is when on the fore deck have a length of sinking rope, each end tied to the bow cleats, collect the bight in the middle and lasso the mooring buoy, job done, as when you drift back the rope is then pulled under buoy and you are then held whilst you sort things out. No frustrations no mashed fingers no broken boat hooks. This method is basically what is taught by the RYA.
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Re: Anyone Come Up With A Clever Way To Pick Up A Mooring Rope On A Rough Day?

well, in the end the easiest, simplest system ive found effective is just a rope to hand from the samson post with a carabiner - it only happens once in a while that the wind is that bad, and this is an easy plan B, plan C is drop the pick and wait for it to calm down a bit...havent mashed my fingers in a while
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Re: Anyone Come Up With A Clever Way To Pick Up A Mooring Rope On A Rough Day?

Yes and it works every time..Miss it 5 times instead of 6 and swear at each increasing attempt.
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I think the OPs issue is load. They are trying to hook on when the wind causes the approach to be less than perfect.

I use two ropes. One is the final mooring pendant/rope and one is a short temporary hook up rope. It's about 8' long with loops ate either end. One end has a carabiner.

Approach the mooring, with one end of your short rope round a cleat, use the speed of the carabiner to clip on the the mooring. Now you are hooked and can take your time to get the main line on.
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Re: Anyone Come Up With A Clever Way To Pick Up A Mooring Rope On A Rough Day?

funny how my pick up buoy has a stick that reaches up above my high freeboard ketch's bulwarks and i didnt have to bend far to pick it up even in 20 kt winds....sad you dont want to use one of these easy to handle items--they are excellent simple tools. never had a fail unless i misjudged my distance from boat to buoy.
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funny how my pick up buoy has a stick that reaches up above my high freeboard ketch's bulwarks and i didnt have to bend far to pick it up even in 20 kt winds....sad you dont want to use one of these easy to handle items--they are excellent simple tools. never had a fail unless i misjudged my distance from boat to buoy.
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