Making it easier to get a warp on a marina mooring cleat or post
Warps are not convenient to get on a mooring cleat. Loops tend to fall flat and closed as opposed to an open lasso that is much easier to get around a mooring cleat or post.
Making it easier to come alongside in a yacht that is difficult to manoeuvre
Yachts typically mount a combined engine throttle and gear leaver on the sidewall of the cockpit. This typically means that the final manoeuvres under power require the helmsman to duck up and down to make adjustments. Each time they will loose sight of all the objects around the vessel.
Making it easy to depart from a berth with slip-lines
Departing a berth or pier can be difficult short handed or solo. The shore lines have to be manually released from the wall or pontoon resulting in a last moment dash by the releasing crewmember to jump aboard the departing vessel. This can be challenging with an offshore wind as the vessel may drift out as the knots are undone.
A convenient boat hook
Boat hooks are unwieldy and difficult to store on a yacht, particularly so the traditional strong and durable wooden boat-hook. Although more convenient, telescopic boat hooks are available, however they are not good for continuous or challenging use.
Making your private moorings convenient to be picked up
Picking up a mooring buoy can present a challenge, particularly so if you sail single handed. It involves a lot of dashing back and forth from cockpit to bow and can be tricky in crowded waters. With crew it is equally challenging as it is a prime time to loose a crew member overboard.
Making coming alongside easier, especially shorthanded
Coming along side can be a challenge. The boat has to be tethered with shorelines quickly so she does not overrun or fall off forcing a complete new berthing attempt. This is made much more difficult if operating shorthanded where it is difficult to get so many shorelines out in the short period available.
A simple approach to picking up moorings
Picking up moorings can present a challenge, particularly so if tried single handed.
Simplifying mooring pick up
Picking up moorings can present a challenge, particularly so if tried single handed. It is a prime time for crew to fall overboard and cause damage to other boats in tight mooring areas.
A trick to manoeuvre a poor steering vessel around tight marina bends
Getting into complicated marina berths can prove challenging. Especially so for vessels with long keels that do not steer well in tight conditions.
Getting the vessel away from a tight quayside berth without a supporting breeze
Mooring space along a quayside can be at a premium with very little available at the bow or stern to power a vessel out. This can be made particularly challenging if a breeze is pushing the vessel onto the quay.
Being a happy hooker - getting to grips with anchoring
Novices tend to forsake anchoring for the safety of a marina, harbour wall or the security of an established set of moorings. This is largely a function of a lack of confidence.
Getting to grips with berthing (or docking) your vessel
In a three year circumnavigation I can count on one hand the amount of times I was alongside a pontoon. More than a dozen years later I have just bought a boat twice the size to use in The Solent area on England’s south coast. To my surprise my sailing reality has entirely transformed. I find it is all about operating in tight channels, river marinas and constantly coming alongside pontoons. Worse the boat is 47 foot long and about 12 tonnes, so it beyond what can be physically manhandled and it is just my wife and I berthing it; the kids go down below and out of the way. Add to this the density of the boats in this area and there is very little margin for error. Operating in tight quarters under power is very new to me and it has become almost an aviation experience; tense take-offs, momentary liberation, then bracing for another tense landing. We have even given it a name; berthing anxiety, and it became an impediment to the enjoyment of our family boat.
An excellent knot to secure a warp to ground tackle, the fisherman’s bend
General purpose knots can float loose if jostled about lightly loaded. This is a concern when securing a warp to the anchor or a ground tackle chain.
Bolstering ground tackle
A vessels survival can depend upon its holding techniques that assist in holding can make a dramatic difference.
Fenders arrangements for two yachts to come alongside
When two vessels come alongside in an anchorage they tend to role at slightly different frequencies and push aside their fenders. This makes it challenging to protect the vessels from each other.
Protecting mooring warps with chains
Rough harbour walls and marina cleats can badly chafe mooring warps.
Cannot keep the fenders from riding up and exposing the topsides
Certain surges cause fenders to ride up and leave the topsides unprotected. Also if very rough conditions are expected fenders may not adequately protect the vessel.
Gaining more control and saving handwork when working the anchor chain
The anchor chain can be very hard on the hands back and shoulders. When the chain is running out the chain has to be slowed and belay, as often as not, entirely by handwork around a chain post. Taking the chain in is particularly hard work without the benefit of a windlass. It requires constant belaying and releasing with your hands working a loaded chain.