I'm sure this has been answered someplace before but can anyone give some advice on mooring / anchoring proceedures for a catamaran? This will be my first time solo (with my friends as crew) at the helm of a Cat ( Leopard '38 ) and even though I've got a check out captian for the first few hours and I've read everything I can find I was wondering if there were other things to keep in mind. I know that the use of a bridal connecting both cleats is standard but particuarly a visual example online would be helpful. Thanks so much, fair winds all.
Oh and in case you were wondering, I'm chartering the BVI's. Can't wait!!!
Last edited by JackHandy; 10-09-2013 at 03:48 PM.
I had the same question the first time I chartered a cat. It couldn't be easier. Secure one end of a long (at least 30') dock line to one of the bow cleats, and have a crew member hold the other end at the center of the bow. Another crew member should be standing by with a boat hook at the bow. Approach the mooring ball from downwind and try to stop the boat right at the buoy. The crew member with the boat hook picks up the mooring pennant and raises it to deck level, then the crew with the dock line threads the bitter end through the big eye and thimble at the end of the pennant and takes the threaded line to the unoccupied bow cleat to secure it. Voila, you are secure to the mooring pennant with a bridle, and can adjust the length of the dock line at your leisure.