Originally Posted by DoubleWhisky
I still hope for Noelex77
description of the technique they are using for mooring
to the rocks (in other thread he wrote about using a fender
tied to the floating line, but I'm not sure how it works)
Great article Tomasz
and tying tying up to a rock or tree (I don't think its important if we call this Med mooring
, or a stern tie, or something else) the first decision is to judge if there is enough time to get ashore and tie off the stern before it swings away. (Swinging into danger
or at least too far away for the length of rope)
As there is often a reasonable degree of crosswind the usual answer is no.
It takes a surprising long time to get ashore find a suitable rock and tie a rope
around it. Often you have to get out of the dingy hang on to the dingy painter (to stop the dingy drifting away ) scrabble up the rocks thread the line around the rocks etc.
So we generally do this in two stages. My wife and I select a suitable spot. Usually one of us motors around (or temporally anchors) while the other goes ashore and selects the rock ties a rope
(or chain is better) around it. We lead this rope into the water
with a bit of chain to anchor
it, so that it is very quick and easy to grab from the dingy. This usually means dropping the rope with a fender
or float on the end in shallow water
. Sometimes the tail can be left on top of rock. The main thing is to have to rope quick and easy to grab without getting out of the dingy, or turning off the motor
Drop the anchor
as per normal (although you might as well use a long scope) back up towards the rock when you get close enough the the dingy takes a line from the boat
and ties it to line that is already well secured around the rock. The sole aim of the preparation is to be able to attach the stern line quickly.
There are many alternatives and no one right way, An p option I often use is just to swim ashore instead of using the tender
, but the two step procedure is safer. A common problem otherwise is as the boat
backs to the rocks someone goes out in the tender
, but before they can secure the stern the boat stars swinging away. The stern line needs to be attached quickly with any crosswind.
A few general tips:
1. Make sure you have shoes on when you go to attach to rocks (the ever fashionable Crocs are ideal)
2. Swimming the line ashore is sometimes the easiest way. A long lightweight floating line is helpful. Once the stern is secure it can be replaced with something more. substantial.
3. Two stern lines are better. It is amazing how often even substantial rock can be broken and the boat sits better with two lines.
4. Unless you tie very close to the rocks put a fender in the middle of the stern line to make it visible. I also usually attach a battery
operated flashing light.
5. Watch out for shallow spots coming in. The rudder
is easily damaged if you hit a rock. Sometimes it is better to tie a long stern line and slowly winch
it in (with a sheet winch).
6. A crosswind puts a lot of force on the anchor. There is an alternative where the "stern line" is led to the bow allowing the boat to pivot, but if there are strong crosswinds its a Med moor better avoided. Have a good anchor in case the wind
is not as forecast
. Even a short drag will cause you to hit the rocks.
7. If tying to rocks consider chafe. I often use a short length of chain. This is easy to jam between the rocks and the weight helps stop it lifting up.
8. If tying to a tree be careful about the possibility of ring barking the tree. Make sure it is a big tree for strength.
9. Consider how boats that are anchored normally in the anchorage will swing. Your bow will be sticking out from shore.
10. The breeze won't always be from the bow like it is when anchoring
normally. If it rains things under the doger may get wet etc.
11. Make the stern line long. The shore is often father away than it seems. Check it is free to run out without tangling. A milk crate or canvas
bag is good.
12. Old ropes are better for the stern line. Something that can be cut and left in an emergency