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Old 23-08-2018, 10:52   #31
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Re: A simple approach to picking up moorings

My mooring hook is also known as "A happy hooker." Available at West Marine. I have a long line attached to it and led outside everything to my bow cleat. From the stern I can snub the mooring withdraw the pole, hook and line stays attached, then walk forward to the bow. Draw the boat up to mooring by hand, replace the hooker line with a more substantial dock line then back to the cockpit. I then bow to the tourist who are clapping, retire to my seat and my Johnny Walker Red. Life is really tough on the high seas.
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Old 27-08-2018, 06:37   #32
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Here is a new product that simplifies the whole process...

http:\\www.marabuoy.com
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Old 27-08-2018, 06:43   #33
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Re: A simple approach to picking up moorings

The bow of our trawler is too high off the water to pick up a mooring. We rig a line from the bow to the stern, I pick up the pennant from the stern, he uses the winch to pull in the line to the stern.
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I bought the largest carabiner they sell and attached it to a dockline. I just have to get the carabiner on to whatever eye they put on the mooring and I can deal with rest later.
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Old 27-08-2018, 07:55   #35
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Re: A simple approach to picking up moorings

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It is this one:

https://www.amazon.com/C-SHERMAN-JOH...s=mooring+hook

Attaches to your boat hook. Snaps on and off easily, but holds the boat secure while you’re sorting things out.

Moorings with accessible pennants are easy, but the ones with just balls and bare eyes can be very tricky, especially as a solo sailor. This tool makes it easy.
Looks like it just might work but it doesn’t say what size boat hook it attaches too. Also what is the white rubber looking ring for?
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Old 27-08-2018, 09:30   #36
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Re: A simple approach to picking up moorings

In the Pacific Northwest my big problem is the weight of mussels growing on my lines and buoys making everything too heavy to lift! I've pulled off a couple hundred pounds so far this year. I've had to go into the water twice to thread a bowline through a loop 8-inch thick with mussels. Spend a lotta time in the water cleaning mussels, go sailing three weeks, clean it again.
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Looks like it just might work but it doesn’t say what size boat hook it attaches too. Also what is the white rubber looking ring for?
Mine came with a piece that you attach to your boat hook, so any boat hook will do. You attach it to the boat hook, reach out, snap it on the mooring ring, then pull the boat hook away.

The white rubber band is not rubber, it’s an open loop which you use to remove the hook once you are settled with a proper mooring line. Pulling it, with your hand or using the same boat hook, will pop the hook off.
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Nice!

I have this one:
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01FC96J2Q

Easy to clip an eye and release from the boat hook all in one motion.

The difference is, this one doesn't have a remote release. Not so easy sometimes to reach the mooring ball (or skiff eye on a towed boat) to remove it, but you could use it for the initial grab, then paddle over in the dinghy to thread in a bridle and remove the snap.

And at $15 instead of $95, it's not a bad option.
I use much the same with this 2 part item (one part is fixed to one of my boat hooks) https://www.whitworths.com.au/stainl...launcher-170mm, the spring locks under the lip of the part attached to the boat hook. When I pull on the boat kook, it releases the spring of the carabineer and it closes and the boat hook detaches from it.
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