Charter Advisors' How To Guide
Mooring can be a very simple affair or a yelling match. Let's not shoot for the latter.
Here is how we do it.
After lowering the sails and starting the engine we look over the mooring field.
The captain and crew discuss the areas that look the best and decide where they want to set up for the evening.
Wind, swell, and current all come into our decision making.
We want to be out of the wind, but not so much out of it that we don't have a breeze. We want to be protected from any swell. We also want to be out of the current as much as possible. To this we add our preferences. Such as a favorite cove, a particular distance from other yachts, etc.
When we have settled on the right area, we head in.
Check the wind to be sure where the wind is. When we approach "our" ball, we want to be head to the wind.
Once we are close enough to see all the balls, the Captain "calls the ball." Or chooses the exact one.
At this point the deck crew heads to the bow with a ready mooring line and the boat hook.
The crew gives hand signals to help point the captain and give him a better idea for the distance to the ball.
The captain then proceeds up wind and puts the mooring ball on the bow, just off the starboard side (to help the crew get to it easier).
Now the crew will give the stop signal. The captain uses reverse to stop the boat, using landmarks around him to judge when the boat has actually stopped. He can then use the helm to help keep the yacht in place while the crew ties the mooring lines off.
In reality, this is a easy job. It may look daunting, but once you try it, you will see, it takes more time to write this down than it does to accomplish the task.
Note on Hand signals:
Come up with what works for you. These will come in handy for anchoring too. Pointing to the ball is the most simple and does help. Some hand signals are universal, so start there. (Hand signals, not fingers!)
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