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Old 22 July 2011, 06:11   #1
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Mooring a Sea Rider

I'm involved in sailing and powerboating - and Scouts. I have just picked up a Sea Rider for a specific group to develop their skills - from maintenance to driving - so at first it's a project to make a less than pretty boat look prettier. So there may be a few threads on their way. I guess I'll learn which sub-forum to post them into, but as a newbie, be gentle if I get it wrong!

Anyway, it's all fully functional, and when taking out for a "familiarisation" spin, suddenly occurred to me - how do I attach to a mooring? The boat is an older 4m and has the canopy over the sharp end which inhibits access to the bow. Is it a case of keeping the painter in the cockpit, usual practice of picking up alongside, tying painter to buoy, letting painter go so she rides to the buoy correctly, but keeping a tail in the boat so boat can be pulled to buoy for release - or is there another way?

Look forward to your observations!
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Old 22 July 2011, 08:50   #2
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Hi there
Welcome to ribnet!

I've got an old 4m searider with the same set up - ie bowdodger and windscreen with a d ring at the bow for mooring. I have a line attached to the d ring permanently - the other end has a spring shackel on it which i tie off on the handle on the console, in front of where the passenger seat is. When you want to moor to a buoy etc you just come alongside and clip the rope on. Nice and easy.

The only thing to be careful of is dont make the rope too long - you dont want it long enough so it could get dragged into the propellor if for some reason it goes under the boat. Suspect ours is about 6 foot.

Hope this helps and good luck with the searider. Brilliant boats.

Cheers
Ally
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Old 22 July 2011, 08:51   #3
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Oh and by the way to get back to the mooring i have a set of paddles in the boat and just paddle back....
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Old 22 July 2011, 15:14   #4
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Hi

I'm an instructor at a sea scout group in Surrey.

Make sure you register at Escouts: Community and join the Sea Scout Social group.
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