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Old 07-05-2010, 05:40   #16
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On the maybe humorous, maybe not - - Scientists tell us the 4 "forces" of the universe - gravity, electromagnetism, nuclear strong force and the weak force. But they missed the fifth and most powerful force and the is the attraction of nylon line for stainless steel/bronze props and prop shafts.
- - I have seen my own floating nylon lines that are dragging in the water quickly disappear underwater just prior to the engine chugging and stalling.
- - Depending upon the underwater gear actually on the mooring buoy - some have chain right up to the buoy and others have nylon line from the buoy to the chain which is resting on the seafloor. Tide will make a difference in how much of the underwater gear from the buoy will be swinging around to be snagged by your propeller & shaft. It is not always hanging straight down. AND - don't forget if you have a spade hung rudder these lines also can get caught between the top of the rudder and the hull.
- - Getting a good "line-up" and then using whatever is necessary to start the boat back into the quay and keeping it straight to where you want to end up and then making sure the propeller is not rotating as you pass the buoy is the "trick."
- - Newer marinas are using "drop lines" and eliminating the buoys. This system uses a small "lead line" from the quay to the mooring anchor pendant all of which is resting on the bottom. You bring the boat stern to the quay and the dockman will lift the lead line for you to grab and then you work yourself down the lead line to your bow and raise the mooring pendant to attach it to your bow.

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Old 07-05-2010, 06:11   #17
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Mark.. set yourself up for the stern approach.. reverse in and as you get to a couple of metres from the bouy drop into nuetral.. most/all boats I've found steer more accurately in neutral when going astern.. once the bouy has reached midships give quick bursts as and when needed..
The important thing is to be on the "Safe Side" ie; where wind and/or current cannot push you over the bouy...
That way if you have to go out and re-try it does not foul/snag your Keel, Prop or Rudder...
Not a problem with full keelers...

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Old 08-05-2010, 08:36   #18
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Here's a 'visual' of what Mark is dealing with - except that we were using bow anchors instead of mooring buoys and no dock astern

Wish I were there instead of in Minneapolis where the temp this morning was 34 F....

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The best technique is showed in this video


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