Top tips on stern-to mooring
Mediterranean mooring is usually stern-to and occasionally bows-tothe quay. Boats usually moor stern-to the quay or pontoon for ease ofaccess ashore; however when unsure of the depth, going bows-to will keepyour drives in deeper water. Alongside berthing is normally onlyavailable at fuel or waiting pontoons.
Stern lines areused to stay close to the quay or pontoon, whilst either the anchor or aline from the bow holds the boat away. A passerelle or wooden plank,carried by the boat, is used to go ashore.
Lazy lines are used in busy harbours and marinaswhere multiple anchors would become fouled. Instead of the anchorholding the bow away, the bow is connected to a heavy bow line, which ispre-attached to a concrete block on the seabed. The bow line is alsoattached to a lighter ‘lazy line’, which is led to the quayside/pontoon.The lazy line is retrieved from the wall and led to the bow and theheavier line hauled in and tied off.
In a crosswind it may be necessary to reverse intowind initially to get steerageway. When slightly upwind of the gap,drop the anchor and reverse into the space. Ensure the leeward side iswell fendered in case you drift onto the downwind boat.
Ifthe wind is on the bow, treat the stern-to mooring as a normalanchoring exercise. Drop the anchor four-boat lengths out and gentlyreverse into the gap with the stern lines ready. One boat length awayfrom the quay, snub the anchor so that it digs in, then connect thestern lines.
Written by: Simon Jinks on behalf of the RYA
Pictures: Courtesy of Sarah Selman