...who dont service
their own moorings. I picked up my new boat on Saturday and sailed it to a new location at a marina. I am going to leave it on one of their commercial
moorings until I get permission for my own private one.
was gusting to around 20 and the boat sailed beautifully. Even had dolphins
. Perfect day.
HOWEVER, of the five or six mooring
the marina told us to pick up, not one of them had a pendant attached. Just a mess of growth. This made it near impossible to actually get the hook under the bouy and then get the bouy onto the boat. (let alone the eye).
To make things worse, I used to be a sailing instructor and take great pride in my seamanship skills. We had a lovely audience on several boats who we could hear laughing and applauding. (I have never done that -ehem ehem)
To resolve the problem, we parked up at the marinas fuel dock
and using the tender
, took some line out to one of the moorings. Effectively, we attached our own Pendent.
We then went for round ten and tied off successfully on the first attempt.
The girl in the marina was lovely and still charged me full price
even though we had to repair their mooring
for them. But the fact remains the marina owners arent even checking their own moorings. This now leads me to hope they are structurally sound. Especially mine!
(Aussies in NSW PM me and I will tell you the name of the marina- Forewarned is fore-armed. )