Like many things in life, moorings appear simple on the surface. But dive deeper and you’ll discover a system that involves many components and requires regular maintenance to ensure your boat’s security.

The Mattapoisett Boatyard's red workboat is a common sight on the harbor each spring and fall. Photo/BoatingLocal, Tom Richardson

No one knows this better than Dave Kaiser, general manager of the Mattapoisett Boatyard in Mattapoisett, Massachusetts. Kaiser and the rest of the crew at MBY service and inspect some 500 moorings in the local waters, so they certainly qualify as experts on the subject.

The MBY mooring crew: (left to right) Ned Kaiser, Peter Asci and Brandon Goode. Photo/BoatingLocal, Tom Richardson

In fall 2012, I tagged along with the 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!

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