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Old 17 June 2013, 07:33   #11
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Lovely rig -best of luck with it . Big suzi should lift her nose up.
I prefer to use bow roller cleat to moor up with, as this cleat should be the strongest on board.
I flush my engine leg with muffs - the larger square shaped ones.
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Old 17 June 2013, 07:50   #12
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RE flushing.

We're on a swing mooring and never flushed during the April - Sept season that we leave her. Done this for 15 years with two engines, both Merc Opti's and never had a problem. Also, it only gets used once a month, so its not like we don't let it sit.

As long as it is flushed out at end of season when winterised, can't see the problem personally. It's been discussed on here before and some who are in marinas do flush, as they can, but no one really posted to say they had encountered problems by not!

Lovely boat btw
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Old 17 June 2013, 14:36   #13
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Thanks guys for your replies and the well wishes!

I now have a plan for all the zips that I have.

Regarding the swinging mooring, I'm still open to suggestions on the best rigging for this. Portnahaven I know you have a similar boat, do you ever keep it on a mooring?

Also interesting regarding the frequency of the flushing of the engine. Previously I was flushing after every use, but I guess if you were on a mooring or in a Marina, that is simply not possible. Are there any manufacturers recommendations on this?

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Old 17 June 2013, 15:52   #15
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I have been on visitor moorings several times.
I have spliced an eye which fits tightly around cleat (or post in your rib) with 16mm 3 strand nylon rope. For extra security you can pass a rope over your sampson post, and through mooring strop and bring back to deck cleats.
Quite a few moored boats (mainly yachts) also use shock absorbers to take up any snatching.
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