To many, this would be a skill that comes as second nature after years of boating, but to newcomers, it may not be so easy. Here’s a guide for those who are unsure of the best way to moor their boat.
While finding a great space for your boat is easy with Kerb, some of your destinations may not offer Kerb Moorings. So, what do you do in that case? Firstly, you should avoid being too close to locks or bridges, to ensure your boat is in a safe spot. You should also consider the potential for changes in water levels and look out for hidden dangers, like submerged trees or rocks.
Make sure you and your crew are prepared well in advance and know what your specific tasks are. Ensure that one crew is positioned at the front of the boat, ready to step off and fasten the bow line to a mooring ring.
You will need to slow your boat right down as you approach your chosen place for mooring. Then, to ensure you moor perfectly and have plenty of time to make adjustments in your approach, complete all your manoeuvres very slowly and cautiously.
There are many different types of knots you can use to moor your boat, including, the round turn and two half hitches, the clove hitch, and many more. Alternatively, you can use mooring hooks. If you choose to use these, you should ensure the ropes are tight to ensure there would not be excessive slack if the water levels were to change.
Always remember, that Kerb is the best place to find an affordable and safe mooring.
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