Kellett Island Mooring

Dear Members,

We have had a few instances of craft being moored on the new Causeway Bay moorings where the aft mooring lines have not been tightened correctly. This allows the craft to move forward in a strong wind and touch the mooring buoy.  The eyes on the aft mooring ropes are only there to make the pickup easy.  As each craft is a different length and height the ropes should be pulled tight and cleated off on the stern of the craft as in the pictures below. By tightening the aft ropes the forward rope will also tighten and stop the bow from touching the mooring buoy.


An extract of the message that was sent to all mooring holders is below
In a drop line mooring system, (a rough diagram is attached below) there is a buoy at the bow of the craft with a long chain reaching to the sinker.  On top of the buoy the mooring chain is shackled to two mooring lines which lead to the cleats on the bow of the craft.  This is the same system that is on the mooring buoys, presently used in both Causeway Bay and on the swing moorings at Shelter Cove and Middle Island.  At the stern there is no buoy. A short chain is attached to the sinker and is shackled at the other end of the chain to two mooring ropes.  These mooring ropes are lead to the stern of the craft on each side and secured to the cleats.  A mouse line is fitted between the forward and aft mooring line so as to be able to pick up the aft mooring lines. When the craft is on the moorings the mouse line is traditionally stowed on the side deck to stop it being fouled by marine growth.

The mouse line and the aft ropes are made of nylon rope and sink when they are let go into the sea.  This keeps them clear of the crafts propeller when manoeuvring. Both of the aft mooring lines should be tied to the mouse line before the lines are let go. The forward end of the mouse line is made fast to the mooring buoy for easy recovery. The forward lines are dropped on to the mooring buoy when letting go of the mooring. When the craft returns to the mooring the bow is motored up to the buoy where the forward mooring lines are picked up with a boat hook. Once they are secured on the cleats the mouse line is picked up and handed aft so as to be able to pick up the aft mooring lines and place them on the cleats. By securing the aft lines tightly the weight of the aft chain pulls the bow of the craft away from the mooring buoy so as to avoid the bow rubbing on the mooring buoy.

Thank you for your attention.
The Marine Office