Types of Mooring Methods

What is a Mooring System? 

A mooring system Malaysia is made up of a mooring line, anchor and connectors, and is used for station keeping of a ship or floating platform in all water depths. The mooring line connects an anchor on the seafloor to a floating structure. The mooring line is made up of synthetic fibre rope, wire and chain or a combination of the three. When chains are the most common choice for permanent moorings in shallow water up o 100 m, steel wire rope is lighter weight and has a higher elasticity than a chain, which is a better choice in water depths greater than 300 m. On the other hand, synthetic fibre rope is the lightest weight of all three. 

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Types of Mooring Methods

There are three types of mooring methods, the stern-to mooring method, bow-to mooring method and side-on mooring method. 

Stern-to mooring is the most classic method, which is often chosen by boat owners for ease of boarding since the boat is accessible directly from the stern. For this type of mooring, you must reverse the boat into the quay, throw the stern lines to someone ashore, and then secure them to cleats. Finally, you must recover the mooring posts that will be used to tie up lazy lines to the bow. There may be times when this method becomes difficult, especially in case of strong lateral wind gusts. 

Bow-to or also known as the French mooring is a mooring method where the bow is the part of the boat exposed to the quay. The manoeuvre is quite easy. Using this method, you don’t need to reverse it before entering your berth. The boat keeps its speed so that the bow is not misaligned with the stern. Docking bow-to has several advantages. For instance, once docked, it affords more privacy both in the cockpit and in the cabin because these zones will not be visible to the others on the quay. 

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Side-on mooring involves exposing one of the two sides of your boat to the quay. Fore and aft mooring lines but be secured to the quay and complemented by some spring lines to avoid both bow and stern from dangerously approaching the quay. It is highly recommended to use a large number of fenders in case of a strong undertow or absence of mooring posts.

Stern-to mooring is the most classic method, which is often chosen by boat owners for ease of boarding since the boat is accessible directly from the stern. Bow-to or also known as the French mooring is a mooring method where the bow is the part of the boat exposed to the quay. The manoeuvre is quite easy. Using this method, you don’t need to reverse it before entering your berth. Side-on mooring involves exposing one of the two sides of your boat to the quay. Fore and aft mooring lines but be secured to the quay and complemented by some spring lines to avoid both bow and stern from dangerously approaching the quay.

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