Originally Posted by 560242
Hi all. I have a question about the actual equipment people are using to tie to a swing mooring....
Any advice very welcome.
Hi you too.
I use a 3.5 ton Kong snap shackle to secure the 3 ton love of my life to a pickup chain - you'll be fine (don't mind those lads
There are a few gotchas however, which I'll address in no particular order and I'm happy to blether on about mooring if anyone feels energetic.
1. The snap shackle. Buy something decent and large - it's easier to work with when you have cold wet hands. I ALWAYS secure the release pull ring with a light cable tie - to act as a comforter and guard against that bizarre chance pull.
2. The Bow eye - absolutely fine as the Primary attachment. No good as a backup as if it fails, all fails.
3. Backup attachment will likely be your anchor cleat or eye. IMHO this is where you may go astray, because in my experience the big hassle starts when you have two strops going to different attachment points.
4. Risk: My experience has been multiple frayed and severed strops. As mentioned, light boats tend to dance around moorings and get all tangled up. Bare rope will not be OK! I've seen 16mm Dyneema vanish in 48 hours.
5. My setup: I use two Dyneema lines for mooring. Both are spliced to a single thimble and attached to the pickup chain. They then run inside a reinforced plastic hose to the bow eye where one is spliced to the Snap shackle (which is the Primary hold) and the other runs through the closed end of the snap shackle and continues up and over the tubes (again in a tight hose) until it arrives at the anchor cleat where it ends in a spliced loop that forms the secondary hold. The advantage here is two attachment points and no loose lines to wrap around the mooring buoy and fray on chain.
6. Your vessel: Is very light and will not have much pull in sporty conditions. That said, when lines wrap around chain - bad things happen.
7. Whoever said (GuyC?) to not use chain only is bang on the money - you want a bit of elasticity.