Mooring space is limited and it would be appreciated if any DSC member wishing to lay a mooring at Thurstaston would consult the Cruising Fleet Captain in the first instance who will liase with interested parties and provide contacts for practical assistance.. The following information is provided by way of suggestion only and it remains the responsibility of every boat owner to ensure that his/her boat is safely moored. Neither the club nor its Officers accepts liability for any of the following information or for any arrangements made for mooring any boat.
Direction Legs should be laid SE-NW.
Anchors Home made varieties should be treated with great caution.
Wiring All shackles should be wired with mild steel galvanised wire. Pennant shackles should be replaced annually.
Swivels Replaced every two years. If a boat is lying to a rope strop and a pennant buoy, the swivel should be placed at the top of the pennant above the buoy connection.
Strops The tucks on the thimble end of a rope strop should be wired and heat fused. the strop must be served at the fair-lead point.
Snatch Occurs when ground chains are buried. A car tyre (with the interior bracing wires cut) can be shackled to a bight in the pennant and is very effective.
Regular checking is vitally important and mooring should be inspected every two months at least. Points to look out for are as follow.
1) Wear in the chain links especially the top 3.5 metres of pennant.
2) Wear in the shackle pins, threads and wiring and particularly in the swivel.
3) Chafe in the strop at the roller or fair-lead point.
Boat Length Up to 22ft 23-25ft
and weight 1.5 tons 3.5 tons
Ground Chain 12mm diameter 14mm diameter
Leg Length 2 x 15.5 metres 2 x 18.5 metres
Anchors half fisherman or other approved type
Anchor Weight 20kg each 40kg each
Pennant length inc. rope strop 11 metres 13 metres
Pennant chain size:
First 10ft up from ground 14 mm diameter 20 mm diameter
Remaining length 10 mm diameter 12 mm diameter
Shackle size equal to or larger than chain size
Swivel size 14 mm (diameter of metal) 20 mm (diameter of metal)
Strop (polypropylene/nylon rope) At least 25mm diameter but bigger if you can, allowing for
Neoprene/Similar tube serving at the fairlead.