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Old 03-20-2008, 07:30 PM
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Default Mooring Whips vs Slidemoor sytem

I posted earlier and got no responses. Here is more or less what I posted:

I am putting the finishing touches on my lagoon front dock this weekend. This is a brand new forty foot dock I will park my 30' boat parallel to. There are no pilings on one side of the boat like a typical slip, instead there is a roughly fifty foot wide man made lagoon. On the side closest to the house there are large diameter pilings about every five feet. Most of the neighbors typically use mooring whips to keep our boats from banging up against the wood pilings that support the dock. However, one of my neighbors has a system called Slidemoor. The company is out of Florida and offers a product that is basically two aluminum vertically installed I beams that are bolted to two of the pilings. The Slidemoor system rises and falls with the tides and seems to work pretty well so far (he has had them for about two years I guess).

Has anyone seen or used this Slidemoor system before? Do you prefer these or mooring whips? One concern I have is that the pilings that the Slidemoor is attached to must line up with two cleats (mid and stern) on the boat perfectly or I will have to add another cleat (not too exited about that on a almost two year old boat). If mooring whips are what you suggest, is there a brand that you prefer?

Any suggestions are welcome. Again to clarify the boat is going to be tied up to a forty foot dock and bulkhead on a man made lagoon behind a house.
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Old 01-22-2013, 09:18 AM
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Default SlideMoor's are the way to go!

I got my pair of SlideMoors for my 35' Grady about a year ago and I couldn't be happier. We replaced the mooring whips from our dock. The boat sits right up nice and tight and we don't have to try to jump out onto it anymore. My whole family loves it, especially my wife. I know this post is from a while ago, but Ive been so happy with the system, I was looking around trying to see who I could help out and recommend this to. Two of my neighbors should be ordering soon.
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This system looks great to me if you had little to no wake/waves and were dealing primarily with tide changes.

However, if the boat takes wave impact from the side, that will get transmitted directly through the hull to the rubrail/attachment point.

Whips do a GREAT job of taking wave energy and translating it to the boat bouncing around a little bit. The only downside in my mind is that they (by design) keep the boat 18-24 inches away from the dock so there's a little bit of effort for the first person to get on the boat.

Edit: Huh, 5 year old question... well I hope he found some whips
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Tuna Man go to www.monarchproducts.com They are in Beachwood, ten minutes from you, and they by far make the best whips. Get the whips with the ratchet mount at the tip of the whip. I face due northeast into the bay and can get three footers without any problems. If your subject to that type of condition use the heavy whip,s and lengthen the lines. Also check out their rubber snubbers they are heavy duty and give as the boat bounces. I would think many of your neighbors use the whips, but make sure you set them up correctly. I've seen many people that don't set them up properly. Once it is correct you can sleep nights.
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Lol, I didn't realize that. I guess its safe to say he has it figured out by now.
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Yea hopefully he has got it figured out by now. Otherwise I'm sure his boat is in some trouble.

I spent some time researching the SlideMoors before ordering and spoke with Tom, the owner and inventor. The SlideMoor system works great in waves too. Your point about the wave energy going through the hull to the rub-rail is exactly right. And since the boat does not move at all, there is hardly any stress on the boat. The boat goes up and down with hardly any extra stress or banging (like a whip has). Waves transfer energy along the water. The SlideMoor ends up being the best solution. They had survived Katrina, and recently Sandy. (saw that update on their facebook page). That's a huge difference with the whips... they only have a certain tidal surge they can work for. SlideMoor tracks can go up to 25'
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To each their own. I wouldn't own the slidemoors with waves pounding the lagoon. I saw two people that used them and they failed. I'm sure they serve a purpose, but in rough water I want HD whips.
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To each their own, I guess. I'm happy with the system that has gotten through all kinds of weather. Whips fail all over.

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