Easy dinghy, tender or small boat mooring. Mooring can be a problem where the access is restricted, especially if you are planning to safely leave your boat for a while, yet want to leave access clear for others. Both methods require a small anchor or grapnel and a long painter or mooring line. They are also useful for keeping your tender clear of any rocks or stone harbor walls that are likely to damage it.
This one is especially useful when using narrow harbour steps or
you approach the landing drop the anchor over the over the stern.
It is best if it is dropped roughly in line with and a reasonable
Pay out the anchor rode until alongside the landing then make it fast
Step ashore while keeping hold of the long painter or mooring line.
This can then be secured to a cleat or bollard to one side of the
landing, thus pulling the tender to one side of and away from the
Dinghy Mooring Method Two
This method can be used virtually anywhere.
It is particularly useful for mooring off a shore line.
this method the shore or tripping line is tied to the crown of the
anchor or grapnel.
The idea being that when you want to recover the tender, pulling on the
shore line will trip the anchor, this can then be pulled ashore and the
dinghy with it.
As the boat is going to be held by the anchor there isn't the need
for the shore line to be tied to a mooring cleat.
It could be tied to a rock or a stick shoved into the sand, just so
long as it will still be there and findable when you return.
So, once ashore measure out sufficient anchor rode, flake it so it will
run out freely, and don't forget to secure the bitter end to the
Flake the shore line so it too will run out freely.
Tie one end of the shore line to the crown of the anchor and keep hold
of or secure the other end.
Balance the anchor or grapnel on the bow of the dinghy with the flukes
Push the tender off, when it is a suitable distance away a sharp tug on
the shore line should tip the anchor overboard.
Allow the anchor to set with some slack in the shore/tripping line.
Then secure the shore end of the tripping line where it can be found on
"Cruising has two pleasures. One is to go out in wider waters from a sheltered place. The other is to go into a sheltered place from wider waters." (Howard Bloomfield)
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