Doubts about English mooring? Learn from Captain Ron!


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An English-style mooring in grand style that performed by Captain Ron in a sequence from the 1992 film of the same name directed by Thom Eberhardt. Not exactly the procedure that is taught in the manuals when you get your boating license, but certainly an impressive maneuver: a full speed bow arrival at the dock with a “swerve” to the left at the last moment, allowing the boat to stop motionless perfectly resting against the dock.

Taking advantage of the meated topic, let’s see how to perform an English mooring according to the more “canonical” method.

Approaching English is easy, even in high wind conditions. The important thing is to approach at the right angle to the pier, which is different from time to time depending on the wind direction and intensity, and to arrange at the right height and position the fenders, which should be numerous. Granted that with wind parallel to the dock it is better to set up with the bow upwind, care must be taken in the case ofcrosswind from the dock. Not so much for mooring as for unmooring. Getting out of a dock with the wind pushing against us can be very difficult. With little air, the approach angle to the dock is around 45°, choosing as the heading direction the one that is closest to the wind direction. The bowman prepares with the bowline already secured on the bollard and ready to be launched onto the pontoon. Throwing the line over the pontoon, the bowman goes ashore while the coxswain, who has meanwhile stopped the boat with the rear, goes to the bow to help. Last, the stern line and any springs are attached if the mooring requires it.

1. Fenders should be arranged in a minimum number of three on each side, it is essential to estimate their height well.

2. Before mooring, it is necessary to adduct the lines well; the launch depends on the absence of vaults.

3. Remember to open the side gate before mooring to the English. The lines should be fastened on the bollards with the current outside the dragnets.

4. Always use bollards for towing, never direct lines in hand.

5. The lines enter the bollard on the side opposite to the direction of shooting. 6. Two gaffes are needed to moor well in two.



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