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Old 10-06-2021, 13:38   #16
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Re: Med Mooring opportunities in the Carribean/Bahamas?

Thank you Heinstl. I can see your point. We will just affix the wo fenders on the stern and deploy our unexperienced couple traveling with us to each side with roving fenders, cautioning them not to try to do ANYTHING with their hands or legs.
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Old 10-06-2021, 14:50   #17
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Re: Med Mooring opportunities in the Carribean/Bahamas?

Med-mooring techniques can vary with the conditions. Where is the wind off the bulkhead, bow, stern or cross. Is there a mooring ball for the your bow line or do you have to drop and anchor for the bow line? And the big one, how much maneuvering room on the beam. I hear usually zero if you get there late.
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Old 10-06-2021, 15:56   #18
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Re: Med Mooring opportunities in the Carribean/Bahamas?

None of our stops will have lazy lines. All anchor and stern to. I think an early arrival is a must. Hopefully in mid-September, we are past the season for really strong winds in the Cyclades. Appreciate any input in that regard.
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Old 10-06-2021, 16:27   #19
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Re: Med Mooring opportunities in the Carribean/Bahamas?

Re backing a cat, and twin engine handling in close quarters in general, best just to lock the rudders straight. They are not effective at such slow speeds, unecessary w twin engines, and just another distraction.

Some dont lock so well, esp if the prop is aft of the rudder...which creates a lot of load on the rudder in reverse...causing the wheel to turn...very annoying.
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Old 10-06-2021, 17:56   #20
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Re: Med Mooring opportunities in the Carribean/Bahamas?

I agree with above. The steering mechanism has no place in the art of backing up a catamaran. lock the rudders in neutral and use the engines. you should be able to back straight using just the engines.
The sailing virgins video is really good for Med Mooring.
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Old 10-06-2021, 18:43   #21
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Re: Med Mooring opportunities in the Carribean/Bahamas?

I genuinely appreciate all the advice. But honestly, we have found nothing beats real life doing. If anyone knows of a place where we can hire a catamaran and have a quay or pier or something we can tie up to, having anchored somewhere that won't disrupt boat traffic, that is what we long for desperately.

Call us anal, but we want to practice this until it is rote before we have to do it live with an audience of Greeks yelling at us.
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Old 10-06-2021, 18:49   #22
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Re: Med Mooring opportunities in the Carribean/Bahamas?

We spent 4 seasons in the NE Medd(Turley-Greece-Adriatic_Italy), have a monohull that backs like a drunken sailor, and had never med-moored before we got there from Asia....and we survived! There were a few times when we just could not counter the crosswind, so after 3-4 attempts we just went out into the bay and dropped the anchor--someone has to be the entertainment for the day! With just the 2 of us on board we found: (1)loose the anchor about 4-5 boatlengths out, and just let the chain run. Tighten it up once you're on the dock. (2) turn around and face aft at the helm....makes backing much easier (which way to turn). (3) It's amazing how many (more) boats will fit along the seawall....if there is ANY opening, go for it...there is room! (4) Store/remove any BBQ, or solar panels, or anything else that MAY protrude even a little before you start. (5) Don't be shy about aborting the run, going out and getting re-set-up, and trying it again. (6) No matter how smartly you drop your anchor, someone will cross it and distrurb your setup.....it just happens! (7) Like I said, someone has to be the entertainment for the day....sometimes it's just your turn; it happens to everyone! (8) Enjoy it...it's really fun!
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Old 10-06-2021, 19:35   #23
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I love your style sailcrazy.
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Re: Med Mooring opportunities in the Carribean/Bahamas?

Re quote:Wish we could control the windlass from the cockpit, but not an option on our chartered Lagoon.


This helps in some situations but does not allow a variably controlled free-fall of the anchor chain which is generally required as letting the anchor down using the windlass motor does not lay out chain fast enough unless you are reversing very slowly. A quicker reverse is often required as the conditions are often windy (especially near Paros and area) and speed is necessary to counter cross-winds (a catamaran's two engines has an advantage here) Most of the sailing around Paros will be in windy conditions and there are few places that have easylines. You will be anchoring most of the time. The docks are busy and one's allowed time on them is often short in peak season. Beware the ferries; they take no prisoners. If you would like more input on this area, pm me. Good luck.
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Re: Med Mooring opportunities in the Carribean/Bahamas?

I like the idea others have mentioned re the various u tube videos on med mooring. I have chartered in Greece and Turkey several times and have had good and bad experiences with med mooring. The bad is when someone comes in after you and traverses over your chain. Then when you go to leave, up comes their chain and anchor. On most seawalls you back into there will be hands on shore ready to assist you with either lazy lines or your stern lines. They are often associated with a restaurant adjacent to the warf. The trick to good med mooring is to lay out enough anchor as you back into the space and setting the anchor a good 4 boat lengths before the sea wall. Then play out the final length as you approach the last 5 to 10 feet of the sea wall. Above all make sure you back down straight with your anchor perpendicular to the wall so as not to cross any others anchor lines so as to prevent a mishap when you or the adjacent boat leaves. Keeping in mind that the anchors are only about 20 feet apart. If you are med mooring onto open land you do the same anchoring procedure backing down to a comfortable distance to the shoreline and then send your dingy crew ashore with stern lines to tie off to trees or rocks on the shoreline. You can do this with one line but two is preferred about 50' apart.
I know it is always daunting to try a new skill but you will be a pro in three tries. Be sure to have good communication with your crew and let them know what you want from them in advance.
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Re: Med Mooring opportunities in the Carribean/Bahamas?

The marina in Marigot Bay on St. Lucia uses the med-mooring system, and would be a great place to practice.



We had a memorable experience in Greece, trying to slip into a narrow space while fighting a 2-3 knot cross current. Luckily we had a really excellent helmsman aboard. The folks on the dock kept yelling at us that we were coming in crooked (we were, and needed to be).
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