Our Haven Team have assembled some top tips for ensuring your boat stays safe and secure over the winter.
If your boat is staying afloat...
1 - One line, one job
Try to avoid the "running W" mooring line (one long line starting at the bow cleat on the finger, to the boat, back to the middle cleat, to the midships cleat on the boat, then to the aft cleat, then finally back to the boat). The "running W" makes it very difficult to adjust lines in a gale. Use separate lines for bow and stern, two long spring lines and, if it makes you rest easier, double-up where you feel necessary. We check boats several times a day during the winter so having your lines like this will allow our Haven Team to make adjustments.
2 - Fendering
If you've got them, use them! We often see boats without enough fenders of the right size, but lots in baskets or lockers.
3 - Shackles
Avoid using metal shackles straight on to the pontoon cleats. This will only end up with the shackle or the cleat getting broken. Either way, the end result will be the same - your boat not properly attached to the finger.
4 - Avoid short lines
It's best to avoid short, tight lines from midships to the centre finger cleat. The rope will exert big snatch loads. If you have a midships line, ensure it is long enough to stretch to absorb any load.
5 - Lines
Before you leave your boat for the winter, check the quality of your moorings lines. Damaged ropes will break under heavy loads which will put additional stress on all your good lines. If your line is damaged, the part of the rope in question can be cut out and you could be left with a useable length of rope.
If your boat is coming ashore...
6 - Reduce windage
Remove your outboard, dodgers and spray hoods to reduce windage. Stow them away inside for the winter. Your foresail should already be removed prior to lifting.
7 - Put away your instruments
If your mast has been taken down, remove your windex and antenna from the mast head to ensure these instruments aren't damaged whilst on the ground.
Our Haven Team are on duty 24 hours a day to keep a watchful eye on your boat. If you have any further questions, our team are always on-hand to provide advice and guidance.
Contact the team using our simple enquiry form below or call 01475 675333