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Old 13-12-2015, 09:56   #1
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Mooring line + tide = sunk boat

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Old 13-12-2015, 11:18   #2
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Re: Mooring line + tide = sunk boat

I would have had my wife jump over the side and cut the line a little earlier.
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Re: Mooring line + tide = sunk boat

Whoever put in the buoy stupidly used line that naturally floats with no thought to tides. Chain or non floating line hangs straight down and is no danger to boats. The owner could make a case against the buoy installer.
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Re: Mooring line + tide = sunk boat

I did not see any mention of a floating line.
Tidal range looks to be about 12 feet, I have no idea what the tidal streams are like in the area, but at low water, the buoy could be some distance from its anchor, with the mooring line at a shallow angle, easy to pick up in the prop with a boat passing between buoy and anchor.

The person in charge of the boat should really have taken a look at what the tide was going to do when they elected to remain onboard, like Guy said, first course of action, get the missus over the side to cut the line
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Re: Mooring line + tide = sunk boat

how in the hell did he allow his boat to wander into a mooring field??
how could he not be paying close enough attention to know that noise he heard was perhaps the mooring he just ran over and dragged under his hull??
poor boat handling, nothing else.
inattention.,
lack of ability to control boat.
oops.
boat parades are, in general, a specified distance from mooring fields, and to intrude into the field is an error in boat handling.
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