With autumn upon the New England boating world, one often wonders how the vast number of moorings in our local waters are dealt with. (Well, some of us do.)
Lucky for you, we have the following video of how one boatyard maintains some 500 moorings—every year!
In the accompanying video, you’ll discover a system that involves many components and requires regular maintenance to ensure a boat’s security.
Dave Kaiser, General Manager of the Mattapoisett Boatyard in Mattapoisett, Massachusetts, and his crew service and inspect hundreds of moorings in their local waters, so they certainly qualify as mooring-system experts.
In fall 2012, I tagged along with Kaiser and his mooring team as they made the rounds on Mattapoisett Harbor in the yard’s 34’ steel workboat, installing winter sticks and collecting the mooring balls, pennants, floats and other above-water components to get them ready for the following season. Along the way, they also inspected the upper chain on each mooring to make sure it was in good shape. If a link was wearing thin, they replaced the entire section on the spot.
Back on shore, Kaiser went over some of the finer points of mooring systems, including the different types of moorings, the best type of chain to use, why winter sticks are important, and all the work that goes on behind the scenes to make sure the entire system is secure.
I came away with a new appreciation of moorings in general—and a vow to inspect mine more closely!