Young Captain looking for the rules of safty on Anchoring and Mooring. Is there a formula for anchoring, how long should my anchor line be. On mooring - I am considering putting out a mooring bouy for a 25 foot MacGregor, on well protected bay in easter North Carolina. Again any words of wisdom would be appreciated as to weather this is a good idea or not.... What is the proper way to set a safe mooring bouy, should I use a rope set, a chain set, a mixture of rope and chain. How long should they be.
Thank you in advance
I can't say about mooring, but I know a bit about anchoring.
In calm weather you want a 4-1 ratio, that means 4 feet of line for every foot of depth. In mild weather you want a 7-1 ratio, and in heavy weather a 10-1 ratio. If weather is seriously heavy and you have room, you might put even more than that much out.
Hope I helped.
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I am really surprised there are not more posts to your valid query. Along with that, my apologies for not replying myself earlier, but we have been "underway" sailing home to Ireland from the US before heading offf on an even longer journey - but that is another story.
Though we are currently working on a new section specifically on moorings, we do have a LOT of information on anchors and anchoring in our book: Happy Hooking - the At of Anchoring, which is available from or website Coastalboating .net
I hope this helps you and does not offend the non-commercial nature of this blog
Capt Alex Blackwell
where are good resources for legal anchoring along the east coast/ intracoastal areas
~Mike and "Mo"
SunRunner: 35' Chris Craft
Sparkman's & Stevens design
Center cockpit, Live aboard
It seems that you're the autor of this book ? (Capt. Alex Blackwell & Capt. Daria Blackwell)
They are (at least) two other good books about this subject:
The Complete Book of Anchoring and Mooring: Earl R. Hinz, .
http://www.amazon.com/Complete-Book-.../dp/0870334522 - 240k -
Which is very complete but a little bit outdated, which doesn't iclude the Last generation of anchors.
The Complete Anchoring Handbook
http://www.amazon.com/Complete-Ancho.../dp/0071475087 - 267k -
The most recent one, which also include the "New Gen" of anchors.
Safe anchoring to all