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Old 14 January 2018, 10:53   #1
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to moor or haul out

i have the choice for the coming season.
leave her on a mooring and row out to her or haul out onto trailer every time
what would you suggest.
not a cost issue just practicality.
everytime she is hauled out fresh water is washed through the engine and hull but on a mooring ????
any help would be appreciated guys.
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Old 14 January 2018, 10:59   #2
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It really depends how often you will use it, how convenient it is to launch and recover and even how far the row is to the mooring. Keep in mind you will need to antifoul the hull (and possibly tubes) if keeping it afloat for more than a few weeks without a serious scrub.

The engine will likely be fine, the killer in modern engines is not corrosion but salt crystals in the cooling passages, by staying afloat you keep the passages wet so the crystals shouldnít form. If really worried there are bags you can get for flushing while still afloat.
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thanks for that Poly
i am assuming the engine is left in the vertical then while on a mooring ?#
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Dry sail? Lots of yards now offer the service and for convenience and keeping your boat in good order ( i.e it’s not sat in the water fouling up ) it’s unbeatable - over the years we’ve done everything and find dry sailing the preferred option, at least for us
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Small extras to consider...

- Mooring may require bilge pump. That uses power. Do you have some means to recharge.

- If you have family are you rowing them all out, or coming in to get them?

- Where are you storing the tender? If it needs deflated and set up you are taking more hassle on.

- Maintenance jobs become a PITA compared to working on a boat ashore (stable) on a trailer with access to mains power etc.

But plusses - if full tide mooring - no need to worry about tides for launch / recovery
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Consider your fuel plan as well - can you use dockside gas or are you carrying tanks/cans. Will your gas station allow you to buy 100L of fuel in one sitting?
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Haul it out each time if you're slick at it...no contest IMHO!
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thanks for all your suggestions. food for thought.
only me sailing. on board tanks and not too far to go for re fuel
i addumed my engine would put charge back into the battery.
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Once your trailer is properly set up launch or recovery less than five minutes....no contest.
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thanks for all your suggestions. food for thought.
only me sailing. on board tanks and not too far to go for re fuel
i addumed my engine would put charge back into the battery.


Depending on size of engine though and frequency of use, cans will be more hassle than launch and recovery and filling directly.

The engine will change the battery, but if you arenít using it for a few weeks of miserable weather it may not last, or the next trip out may not be long enough to put all the amps back in.

The size of your car, boat, quality of slip, tidal range itís usable at etc will all also make a difference (as will whether you can store then tender ashore or need to inflate/pack of each time).
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