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I'm hiring Capri from Richardsons in Sept for a single handed week - I'm just wondering if I've made a bad choice of boat - obviously here's an exit from the cabin via the back door but looking closely at the spinning picture I don't see a set of steps to go out of the front of the cabin when the front part of the roof is pushed back - will this be a problem when mooring? Perhaps someone on the forum has been on Capri and could advise?
I would not fret about the lack of a front exit - indeed I find often the case that it is easier when mooring to exit from the stern (just have the bow ropes down the side decks to the stern).
The reason is it is (in my experience) more likely that as you more the bow will drift out a little than the stern doing this, and since Capri is a 25ft boat on a single level you can be at the back door in a matter of seconds, step off with the ropes and just pull the bow in.
Very nice little cruiser is Capri, while not hired her I am mulling over the idea of something small and low in air draft to explore areas so far I have not.
I do mostly solo mooring as my wife is not as nimble as she used to be.
I normally run the stern/back rope along the side of the boat so that you can reach it from the helm. I do the same with the bow/front rope so the also meet. If the ropes aren't long enough I am sure Richardsons will change them.
I try to plan my destination for arrival near slack water or against the current. That's if the moorings are on the left and in the direction of travel.
If the moorings are on the right I try to plan my destination for arrival near slack water or having the current with me. I then go beyond the moorings and turn the boat round so I'm against the current.
This method for side on mooring allows you to always moor so that the helm is next the river bank.
Currents are generally not as strong on The Northern Broads but their can be strong currents at Acle.
I normally cover the helm/seat with material to protect it from dirt. On approach open the roof and when nicely along side and stationary grab the bow/front rope and use the seat as a step to board the side of the boat and then step onto the bank with the rope. I quickly tie the bow/front rope and then grab the stern/rear rope and tie.
After that I make any necessary rope adjustments.
I now see that London Rascal has now given you some tips but as I have spent the time typing it up I will post anyway.