Originally Posted by smarcus3
How would you double up med moor?
Never done it with a cat but with a mono you normally drop your kedge anchor
over the stern and put your bow between the bows of two boats that are stern on to quay (Put some fenders on your bow first!). Your bowlines are then made fast on their bow cleats
. It is also best to lower your bow anchor
down to the waterline to prevent it catching on their pulpits or guard rails. To go three out then the next boat comes stern on to your stern, after dropping their bow anchor. The best piece of "creative parking" that I have ever encountered was when we managed to put a flotilla of 15 boats onto a ferry
quay that would only hold 3. Three on the quay, 4 "herring boned" onto them, 4 stern on to them, and the last 4 "herring boned" to make the fourth row.
The fun comes when you all try to leave, and find yourself lifting someone else's anchor with yours (but then that is Med mooring
for you). The trick is to lift
their chain high enough with your anchor to get a line under their chain and cleat both sides of the line off on your cleats
to hold their chain up. Now drop your anchor to get it clear of their chain and then bring it up again. The final stage is to drop the shorter end of your line to let the chain go back down. Retrieve your line and away you go.
At Hydra there is another bay (Mandraki Bay) just a bit east of the harbour where you can anchor and then walk or get a water
taxi around to the harbour.
At Spetses you can usually anchor at the mouth of Belitza Creek (the inlet east of the main town). Anchor on the eastern side and take a long line ashore or tie it off to the anchor chain of one of the derelict tankers that are laid up there.
At Poros the pontoon at the north eastern end of the harbour is anchored to the sea bed
using a very heavy chain parallel to the pontoon and about 70 ft out from it. Catch that one with your bow anchor and your windlass
it to the surface. We managed to dive down to it by using our anchor warp, put a line under the chain and release our anchor, but couldn't get the line free afterwards, so it is probably still down there!
Vathi is another VERY small harbour which it pays to get to early. I ended up diverting to Palio Epidavros on one trip as one of the Athens yacht clubs had staged a weekend rally to Vathi. One of my mates got in early but called us up to warn us that you could actually walk all over the harbour as the moored yachts went right across it in one big raft.
At Ermioni it is possible to anchor on either side of the promontory if you can't get in on the quay.