Is there moor to it than just a block at the bottom with a rope? (see what I did there lol) Or how exactly does a mooring line work?
Mooring line is used to tie your boat to either a mooring bouy, the dock or some fixed structure to keep your boat in place. Using the right size line, the right length and material will make this a breeze that get easier every time you do it. Using it in each circumstance is going to be a little different.
The mooring line has 2 main purposes @WesternTroutBum. First and foremost a mooring line keeps your boat in place regardless of current or wind conditions. This is for obvious reasons. The second purpose of a mooring line that not a lot of people appreciate is the fact that a mooring line acts as a spring or a counterweight when your boat is under load from wind or current. Think of it this way. If you have wind or current passing your boat against a tight static line, you are going to see a lot of pressure exerted on 2 points. The attachment point at the boat and the attachment point at the permanent moor. If you construct a proper mooring line, it should act like more of a spring that distributes the tension and the load across the entire system rather than on two specific points. This is why having a chain at the bottom is important.
There is a little Moor to it than that @WesternTroutBum If you look at this West Advisor article, you'll see the different types of moorings and when they work best under any given condition. They also cover moorings for different size boats.
This is perfect!
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