Tying up your boat securely

Some people may have heard about the story a while back concerning the boat built on TV's Grand Designs that slipped it's mooring (pictured)... it ran adrift and ended up washed ashore? What a catastrophe, let's hope for them they had good quality boat insurance cover! We thought we'd help you avoid the inconvenience by giving you some boat tying advice.

The boat that shot it's moorings!
  • Leave a little slack in your ropes (this allows for water height changes)
  • Know how to tie a knot (those inexperienced should practice a few times to get the hang of it!)
  • Knock mooring pins in three quarters and mark with a light coloured plastic bag or cloth
  • Seek to tie ropes at a 45 degree angle from your boat
  • In flowing rivers tie the vessel upstream first, then downstream.
  • Fix the middle of the boat also when leaving the mooring for a long period
  • Use professionally built moorings, mooring rings/ posts wherever available and feasible
  • Don't moor on tight bends or in places unsighted until at short distance
  • Display 'please pass slowly signs' if mooring in areas where vessels may be tempted to go past quickly
  • Fix fenders, boat rub rails and hull/ keel protectors... particularly at times when navigating locks.

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