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Old 09-05-2021, 18:52   #1
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Mooring with one cleat

Hi there,

I will be putting my new-to-me boat on a mooring fit the first time. All of the other boats I've been on I've used one line to each bow cleat when mooring. However this boat only has a single bow cleat.

Will using only one line to one cleat be a problem?
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Don't you have fairleads either side at the bow.???
If you do take one line either side and tie them on to the single cleat which I presume is central.. thus creating a bridle and balancing out the load.
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Re: Mooring with one cleat

Smaller boats have 1 midline bow cleat with chocks on either side and they seem fine, we have a few of those in our bay.
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Re: Mooring with one cleat

My previous boat had one stout central cleat on the foredeck. I had port and stbd bow chocks so I'd run two mooring pennants; one through each chock, and then tied off at the cleat.

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Re: Mooring with one cleat

Sounds good, I'll give that a try as long as all the lines fit on the cleat. Thanks everyone.
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Re: Mooring with one cleat

Greetings and welcome aboard the CF, Derkis.
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Re: Mooring with one cleat

As someone who has lost a boat off a mooring before (cleats sheared off) I would HIGHLY recommend more than one point of attachment to the mooring. Whether it's a secondary (properly installed cleat), samson post, or even the mast itself, something other than a single line between your boat and the mooring ball will give you a little peace of mind when it comes to chafe / cleat failure / line failure.


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Re: Mooring with one cleat

I would run a slightly slack line from the mooring (you've tested that, right?) along the side of the hull to a stern cleat. That way, if the bow set-up failed, the boat would drift off and turn around. Thus, if you just look at the boat from the shore (as I do when Scorpius is anchored out and I'm not aboard for several days) you will see that something has gone wrong with the primary (bow) lines and can go out and fix things up. (The stern line should be slightly slack so that it won't chafe and possibly fail).
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Re: Mooring with one cleat

Derkis,


What kind of boat? Have you inspected the underside of that one cleat to make sure it's properly backed and can take the load?


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As someone who has lost a boat off a mooring before (cleats sheared off) I would HIGHLY recommend more than one point of attachment to the mooring. Whether it's a secondary (properly installed cleat), samson post, or even the mast itself, something other than a single line between your boat and the mooring ball will give you a little peace of mind when it comes to chafe / cleat failure / line failure.


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I'm thinking the same thing. I used to put a substantial line around the mast if there was a lot of wind in the forecast. My 27 footer actually veered her way through a hurricane that way. Shocked to see that the small plastic cleat stayed in place.
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I'm thinking the same thing. I used to put a substantial line around the mast if there was a lot of wind in the forecast. My 27 footer actually veered her way through a hurricane that way. Shocked to see that the small plastic cleat stayed in place.
It had never occurred to me to use the mast as a "backup" location... but that's what the salvage company used to tow my boat back out of it's, err, chosen location after it got away and there were no bow cleats to use.

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I wish I had a proper samson post but if wishes were horses etc. etc.
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