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bridgeman
Dec-17-2016 @ 7:30 PM                           Permalink
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Hi looking for advise I want to hire a boat early 2017 for my wife and I but my wife is not very mobile ,  so iam mooring up on my own  Any advise on how to do this ?????  ive allways had help before ?

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Hi A bath tub type would be easier and more stable for you,you would find the north broads a little less demanding currant wise and rise and fall of tide, with more people about to assist you perhaps to moor up as well,take a long piece of rope with you so that you can extend the front rope to the rear of boat along the deck, you can then step of at rear ware the steps are  with both front and rear mooring ropes in your hand so will be able to  hold/pull boat side ways towards you when you step on to the bank/quey heading, it will prevent eather front or rear drifting away from the bank,just make sure your in neutrol first, Enjoy your holiday. John

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Dec-17-2016 @ 8:57 PM                           Permalink
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Bridgeman:
The important thing is to be prepared before stepping off the boat - have the rhond anchors / mooring pins ready if there are no posts available pus a 2lb club hammer. Bring the bow rope back to a point where you can easily reach it before getting off. Ensure the stern rope is also in a convenient place and all ropes are kept free of tangles. Personally, I've always found it useful to have a mid-rope tied on (about half way between bow and stern) because if you get off with that rope only, you can pull the boat into the side and temporarily tie it in before making a secure mooring with the bow & stern ropes. It works well for me, anyway. I'm sure the hire yard will supply an extra rope if you explain your situation.
I hope you enjoy your holiday.

Andy

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Dec-17-2016 @ 9:34 PM                           Permalink
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Personally, I think you would be better with a centre cockpit boat so you can stay at the helm till the last moment, if you bring your ropes from the bow and stern down the side and into the cockpit you can pick them up and step off the boat with both ropes in hand. Just remember to ensure the drive is in neutral before you step off.

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Would your wife be able to drive the boat while you do the mooring up bit?

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Dec-17-2016 @ 11:38 PM                           Permalink
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Yes i agree with TT on that one i did that 20 years ago and it worked perfect

kindest regards . malcolm wilkinson

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I am in the same position as you. We always hire a boat with bow thrusters. It makes the mooring process so much easier and is handy to give the bow a nudge in should it not be as close to the bank as you thought!

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David

Edited to add that the same applies when leaving the mooring. So much easier to just step aboard then use the thruster to get out into the river.

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G'Day Bridgeman

Terry tibbs is spot on on what to do.
My wife and I hire a 40' centre cockpit cruiser, my wife has mobility issues, so I have to moor by myself, (I have  had to do this for the last 6 visits, with no problems) allthough I have handled boats for a long time.

When we come to cast off my wife will sometimes take the helm, allthough as DAVIDH says if you can get a boat with a bow thruster this will help.

So I would also recommend a centre cockpit cruiser, so when you come in to moor have the canopy down, with both ropes from the bow, and stern stretched all the way down the side, come along side and just step off.

If you are competent in handling a boat you will have no worries.



Regards
Dave Downunder


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My wife also has severe mobility issues so mooring is down to me. Our Seamaster 30 has a centre cockpit and as has been said I bring the ropes to the centre and just step off with both of them. We have done this for the last 7 years. My wife can helm OK which can help especially on the southern rivers but having said that I do cruise by myself as well. Our boat has a car type hood which is very handy if the weather is inclement, just undo the side and everything else stays dry. Although we don't have them I would agree that bow / stern thrusters would make life easier but they are not essential if you take things easy.

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Bob

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Why is it that lots of blokes cannot trust their wives to drive a boat - most drive cars successfully!!

Years ago when I cruised offshore you would frequently see men staying in the cockpit shouting orders to their wife on the foredeck trying to pick up buoys or the anchor - how much easier to reverse roles!!

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