Anchors aweigh


Experience required to moor this vessel!

A berth is a place where a vessel is moored on water. Imagine a car and a car parking space, except with a vessel on water it’s tied up to something. A berth is is also called a slip or a mooring. A berth can be leased for a set period of time, say 30 years or for a casual daily rate. For the recreational boatie a vessel maybe moored in a marina or in a swing mooring or on a hard stand or dry stack.

SLIP: same as BERTH or a MOORING meaning a space where a vessel is moored.

HARD STAND: cradle/storage for your vessel on land, usually for short term for maintenance/repairs

DRY STACK: under cover storage on land for your vessel. Less exposure to the elements for the hull and engine.

SWING MOORING: same as SINGLE POINT MOORING, or SIMPLE MOORING meaning a mooring with a single anchoring system for a vessel. The vessel will swing around with the movement of the tide and wind. A dinghy is required to access your vessel.

DOUBLE MOORING: same as TWIN MOORING and FORE and AFT MOORING means a pair of swing moorings, allows for denser mooring of vessels. A dinghy is required to access your vessel.

PILE MOORING: a mooring where the vessel is tied to wooden pole or post, common only in New Zealand. A dinghy is required to access your vessel.

MARINA BERTH: a mooring where the vessel is tied to a pier. Sometimes there is a finger pier along one side the vessel. A finger pier is a smaller pier connecting a larger pier. Vessel can come without finger, one finger or finger piers on both sides of the vessel (rare).

The more I learn about boats the more questions I seem to have. Okay so the marina berth is the most secure and the swing mooring the least. So how do you attach your vessel to a swing mooring without doing damage to your vessel in bad weather? Rope or chain or a little of both? How long is just the right length? What is the depth at high tide and low tide? Is there a huge difference between tide depth? How often is the mooring checked? Whose responsibility is it to maintain the mooring? Which knot is best to secure a vessel to a pier? Do you use a different knot if it is a pile mooring? What is the difference between securing a vessel in a marina and a pile mooring? Where do you park your car while you are out sailing? How do you transport your supplies to the vessel? How many days do you plan for?




PILE MOORING, poles capped in green


SWING MOORING, buoy marks the mooring




2 thoughts on “Anchors aweigh

  1. Hello. As always, I enjoy reading your posts, and wish I had more time to do so, rather than the occasional dip in. Carina is currently on a winter swinging mooring. I think a swinging mooring is better for the health of your boat (so long as she’s secure!!), because she moves with the currents and tides and isn’t battling against them for half of each day. She moves the way she naturally wants to. Over winter, my husband has visited her about every three weeks. We own neither a car nor a solid dinghy, so we have had to rely on family members coming to visit who are willing to drive my husband and our inflatable dinghy the half hour journey to our yacht.

    Not for too much longer though. We’re moving her to a marina at the end of March, onto a berth, and then we move back on-board in April. Can’t wait. Enough of this land-lubber life!! It’s time to take to the sea.

    Your tempura has me salivating. It’s my birthday at the end of April and I’m dreaming of spending the day mackerel fishing!

    • So pleased to hear from you again. I was wondering how you were surviving on land. April is just around the corner! I love mackerel fishing but the preparation of the fish is sometimes quite finicky. Especially if you catch a lot! 🙂 Your point about a swing mooring is sound as long as it is secure as you say. At the moment I don’t really know how to check the “secure-ness” of the swing mooring. There is so much to think about. Just finished reading Sea Fever by Angela Meyer. That was a great read, of course about sailing! 🙂

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