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I Usually Just Get Out of Dodge

We are fortunate enough to have two moorings. This is our storm mooring out in front of the neighborhood. She is the furthest boat out to the prevailing storm winds. The mooring itself is nearly 9500 pounds of solid Maine granite. We use 30' of USCG / US Navy surplus stud-link bottom chain, read: MASSIVE and heavy, about 27 pounds per foot, and 35' of 1" Acco Long Link top chain. At the top, below the ball we use a 1.25" Campbell eye to eye swivel, as well as dual 1" X 20' and X 25' Maxi-Moor II pendants using Chafe Pro chafe guards. For bad storms (over 50 knots) we add dual 1" Dyneema storm pendants plus a third safety polydyne.. She rides out even the worst storms here with ease being better protected than Falmouth and with no boats to drag into us.

In this particular storm I was still moored in Falmouth but I did not consider it a "bad" storm. If you have the possibility of a location to set a storm mooring, it can potentially save your vessel. Unless your boat is on it all the time however you can always get caught in a freak storm as our boat did back in 2005. If I know a bad storm is coming I try to get it out of Dodge/Falmouth...

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