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Old 05 July 2017, 09:53   #1
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Swing Mooring

I have use of a swing mooring which comes with a length of chain to connect to the boat.

Boat has D-Ring on bow.

RIB is a 6.5m with <1 tonne displacement in tidal area with strong spring tides.

What is consensus on connecting D-Ring on bow of RIB to mooring chain?

- Simple length of rope with bowline at each end?
- Maillon Rapide?
- Carabina?
- Mooring Strop connected to chain / boat with Bow Shackles?

(will always use rope as secondary line).

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Not a clip link carabiner that can rotate and un-clip. I also wouldn't use something with an easy-to-jam screw-link if you leave the boat for any period since fittings that dip in and out of the sea tend to get salt encrusted very easily.

As long as there are no sharp wear points on any of the fittings then rope would be fine.
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No problem with using the Bow eye!
Use a short mooring Strop 24" will usually do unless it's a Huge Metal Buoy or you are shareing the Mooring ...when you may want something longer.. with a SS lockable ( threaded cover) Shackle on each end.

The rule is Keep all attachments metal to metal...(it's amazing how soon a Rope will wear through attached to a rusty mooring eye with the movement and Tide! seen someone nearly loose there RIB in the Scillies! ) and you'll be fine.
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.......attached to a rusty morning eye....


You're an odd lot down in the south west
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You're an odd lot down in the south west
Can't argue with that!!
BUT..You seen the state of most Mooring Bouys?...Big Metal ones?
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