Originally Posted by lakelandterrier
Glad you've got the boat back, and with no damage.
Trouble is with the Dittisham pontoon that so many people tie up on it that often they undo lines to get to their boat, and may not be competent - or sober
- enough to resecure them. Could also have beensome malicious idiot.
Can sort of understand why so many secure with padlock and wire - just wish they'd use more than 6" of wire to allow other boats onto the pontoons
Yes.. it's party season at Ditsum so am assuming the drunk / untying scenario is applicable, especially as, the following night, watching some rib owners leave the pontoon and dash down the river in darkness at 15-20 knots ( speed limit 6 knots ) with their families aboard was quite disturbing.
Am thinking I'll use a padlock at these party times - have always thought it excessive but now see the point.
Agree though that should be a long cable... a short one would be just as annoying - or more - as the problem of short lines cleated on pontoon cleats instead of long lines with a bowline or round turn/ 2 half hitches that allow lots of bots to share one clear and come and go easily...
Such a basic boat skill (RYA 1?) that it's scary that so many boaters / rib owners don't seem to be aware.