Considering a mooring for the summer boating season?

Posted by Carolien Henn on Sep 14, 2022 8:23:14 AM
Mooring boats are very popular in certain areas around South Africa and due to the demand, a mooring could sometimes be difficult to come by. Should you consider mooring your boat this summer boating season here are several advantages, especially from a convenience aspect, when mooring a boat during boating season. 
  • Mooring your boat whether at a fresh or saltwater marina allows for convenient boating. So when the weather looks good it is easy to hop on the boat and head out. Chances are that you will end up using your boat more this summer because it is easier to use.
  • Mooring a boat allows you to spend more time on the water and less time preparing the boat to put it in the water.
  • The majority of mooring offers good security which makes it safer to head out on the boat at first light without concern for safety at the launch ramps.
  • The majority of mooring also offer services such as cleaning and maintenance for your boat while kept in the mooring. 
  • Some moorings also have refueling facilities to conveniently fuel your boat before or after your day on the water.
Here are some things to keep in mind:
  • The minimum number of ropes you need to tie to a floating pontoon, or mooring is 4. A rope for the bow, stern, and two spring lines.
  • Allow enough rope for rising and falling tides. Keep in consideration the sudden rise of water in areas that is prone to flooding or is an intake area for flood water.
  • Keep your boat battery charged so that automatic bilge pumps may engage when required.
  • Always check that your drain plugs have been closed. 
  • If you do have a cabin or areas that tend to build up mold, place mildew sachets inside to prevent smells.
  • Grease all the parts that require it.
Mooring a boat adds a dimension of convenience to boating with, easier access to the water, longer days on the water, and the luxury of an impulsive boating outing should you feel like it.
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