Mailport March 2014 Issue

Mailport: March 2014

Mooring Notes

Your Dec. 2, 2013 blog post, Boat Mooring Upgrade Primer, missed two important points. First, a single-leg system is only as reliable as the weakest part in the system; there is no redundancy. Be it a chain link, a shackle, or rope, when it breaks, the boat is gone. Secondly, how is the average sailor going to handle a 400-pound weight to say nothing of handling 1,100 pounds?

The mooring system I have been using since 1995, which was published in Practical Sailors September 2003 Mailport section, eliminates those two limitations. The system worked for my 6,200-pound San Juan 28 for 11 years and was upgraded in 2007 to handle my 30,000-pound Tayana Vancouver 42. However, like all things related to boating, periodic maintenance is required.

Mike Hirko
Destiny, Tayana Vancouver 42
Gig Harbor, Wash.

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