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Our first Med Mooring Experience

This was our first experience with Med Mooring. We went in bow-to which we found to be very easy as we were in total control of the boat. Our full keel boat is quite unpredictable in reverse.

For those who have not med moored bow-to before, you just have to set up port and starboard bow lines, and fenders on both sides.

When you arrive at the dock, the dock man will take a bow line, pass it through a ring and pass the tail back to you. Same for the other bow line.

Once the boat comes to a halt and the dock man has a hold of the bow, the helmsman can come forward and take the lazyline, which he walks back to an aft cleat or sheet winch. Sometimes a boat hook will help when accepting the lazy line.

It is advisable to wear gloves when handling the lazy line as these can be barnacle encrusted, and often quite slimy and dirty. You may want to move your pretty cockpit cushions before this maneuver and not wear your finest yacht wear. 

The lazy line is usually a thin line at the dock end, but will change to a thick mooring line as you move back to your cleat. Some marinas provide two mooring lines port and starboard.

When leaving the dock, you simply drop the tail end of the bow lines and pull them thorough the ring, one at a time, making sure that they don't get hung up accidentally.

The helmsman drops the stern mooring line, making sure that it has sunk, away from the propeller, before engaging reverse gear.
Howard and Jayne [ Just Imagine ] 17-Jul-2005

Puerto Banus (Excursion)

Since we had heard that Puerto Banus could be expensive, we went there by bus instead.
Howard and Jayne [ Just Imagine ] 20-Jul-2005

Propane refilled (Gas)

I forget the name the yacht services place in the street behind the marina, but I was able to drop off our American gas bottle in the morning and collect it later in the day.

I seem to remember that they only did gas refills on certains days of the week.

This was the last time we filled our American bottles. There was no way to fill American bottles in Mallorca, so we converted to Campinggaz, which is available throughout the Med.
Howard and Jayne [ Just Imagine ] 23-Jul-2005