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philr
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Just a note of caution to be careful when accepting assistance to
moor.

We were mooring up, stern on, at Womack - plenty of room, plenty of
time.  I had brought the boat to a stop about 10 feet from the quay
heading and had left the helm to check how far we were from the
bank before easing in.  Meanwhile, my wife handed the mooring rope
to a chap standing on the adjacent (hire) craft who had offered to pull
us in - big mistake!
He proceeds to give the rope a big heave and keeps pulling until the
stern hits the quay heading with a sickening crunch (whilst I am
racing back to the helm to try and stop the boat - too late!
He then dropped the mooring line and walked away.

Clearly, We will not be doing that again.

The message is 'beware', the wreckers still exist.

Edited because I can't spell.

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I've had similar experiences times many.  Willing helpers that will insist on pulling the bow line with as much gusto as they can muster, thereby scratching the flare of the bow and kicking the stern out.  Some folk refuse to comprehend the request to just 'Hold and NOT pull'


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Amen to both those comments! Arghhhhhhh, just hold the bl**dy thing, PLEASE!

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Amen again.

They all assume Grebe weighs about 12 tons and needs a good heave.

Just hold it please, or take a turn around that post.

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Sometimes a helper can be good - should they know what they are doing, or do as they are asked as Griff pointed out to hold and not pull - that seems to sound rude for some reason...

Anyway, it is not just the those being helped which can cause problems as I found out last April at Sutton Staithe.  A helper shouted to a boat 'throw us your line' and so the boat coming into more duly did, missed the helper on the bank and the rope went in the water (i had no idea this was going on) but soon knew something very unfortunate had happened when i was hit from behind and nearly went flying.

After missing the catch and the rope being in the water no one did anything and the guy at the helm went astern - sucking the rope round the prop and killing the engine and then his boat hitting the stern of mine.

So sometimes it is better to do things in your own time and in your own way.

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My biggest gripe with some so called helpers is the need to interfere or claim they are experts when on many occasions they haven't got a clue. Part of the fun of a boating holiday is the mooring up and to be greeted by someone who pokes his head out shouting instructions to you before your even close to mooring up. If your having differculties and by the umpteenth attempt your still having a mare by all means offer a helping hand but this really gets on my nerves. We all may require assistance at times even us experienced boaters but please wait to be asked. Fair point or am I being harsh? Rant over....



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quote:"......Willing helpers that will insist on pulling the bow line with as much gusto as they can muster, thereby scratching the flare of the bow and kicking the stern out........"

A boat should be treated like a woman....

....coaxed into position, before being pulled gently.   tounge-in-cheek

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A boat should be treated like a woman....

....coaxed into position, before being pulled gently

and then tied to the nearest post... Blush

Edited because my brain works faster than my fingers.

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Tied to the nearest post! Bah, this is a boating forum, you make 'em fast then belay 'em!

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Then hopefully they will come back for moor and moor.

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