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Going to be moving my boat to a mooring soon and the person I am leasing from said they never provided anything like the pendant in the past. Currently it’s just a ball. All ground tackle was checked by diver recently and I followed all the right steps to confirm it’s legal and good to get on it.

For a 23’ 5-6000lb boat would a 5/8” pendant be sufficient, or overkill? Should it be included on a commercial mooring rental or is it common to have to DIY for that part? Any other advice for first time storing on a mooring or tips I.e. putting a float on the pendant? Thanks in advance.

Moorings in ME on the piscataqua which is why I posted here for some local knowledge with the currents/tides vs the boating forum which may be more general.
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FWIW, mooring pendents are required to be supplied by a town approved mooring technician in my Town/Harbor. But it is a town by town rule.

Also, I had a mooring float/flag on my mooring pendents for a while. After the fiberglass of the flag stick got old, it started to splinter. Fiberglass splinters in the hand are not fun. So I switched over to floating pool noodles that I zip tie onto the mooring pendents. It means you need to be able to reach the waterline instead of just grab a flag. But it keeps the pendent out of the muck just as well. I like this solution better.

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I always take mine off, find them to be a dirty nuisance, slime, paint splinters.
i just grab tail end of dingy line I throw back on dingy when I tie back up.
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I'm surprised it is not provided by the person/company you are renting from. The local authorities usually mandate the requirements. This is from a local are to me: 300 lb. mushroom or pyramid | 30’ of ˝” chain | 12’ of 5/8” line to chock or two ˝” lines as pendants as appropriate to vessel. What may be optional is the pickup bouy. I have gone places like Cuttyhunk where the pendant is not provided, but that's only for a few nights. But most other places I've gone provide the mooring pendant as part of the rental. If it's from an individual and not from a company such as a marina, do you know the size of mooring and when it was last inspected?
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Originally Posted by Jamato14 View Post
Going to be moving my boat to a mooring soon and the person I am leasing from said they never provided anything like the pendant in the past. Currently it’s just a ball. All ground tackle was checked by diver recently and I followed all the right steps to confirm it’s legal and good to get on it.

For a 23’ 5-6000lb boat would a 5/8” pendant be sufficient, or overkill? Should it be included on a commercial mooring rental or is it common to have to DIY for that part? Any other advice for first time storing on a mooring or tips I.e. putting a float on the pendant? Thanks in advance.

Moorings in ME on the piscataqua which is why I posted here for some local knowledge with the currents/tides vs the boating forum which may be more general.
I am on the piscataqua as well. 5/8" should be fine. New England Marine, behind the Mazda dealership of the Spaulding will have what you need. They have double pendents as well, which are kinda a pain, but it helps me sleep. Just make sure the line goes through the cleat. 23' you should be fine, but sometimes they use smaller hardware than the should.

Only tip I have is check on the boat regularly, especially if you're not using it a lot. Get small motor for your dinghy (I got one of the electric Torqueedos which is awesome), the currents can obviously be a challenge. That's it. Mooring is kinda of a pain, but it is nice knowing the boat is not getting thrashed from passing wakes up against a dock.
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I would go to the Hamilton Marine store in Kittery and see what they recommend.
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Thanks for the helpful tips so far.

recovery room - mooring block is ~2175lbs I believe , I didn’t write it down when I met with the lessor but it was enough. It was recently inspected (within the past few weeks) and when I spoke with the local harbor master and let him know who inspected it he said the guy was the best so if he said it’s good then it’s good no question.

I was surprised to find no pendant when I took the boat by to check spacing but have never had a mooring or done something like this through an individual so wasn’t sure.
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Originally Posted by Boat Hound View Post
I am on the piscataqua as well. 5/8" should be fine. New England Marine, behind the Mazda dealership of the Spaulding will have what you need. They have double pendents as well, which are kinda a pain, but it helps me sleep. Just make sure the line goes through the cleat. 23' you should be fine, but sometimes they use smaller hardware than the should.

Only tip I have is check on the boat regularly, especially if you're not using it a lot. Get small motor for your dinghy (I got one of the electric Torqueedos which is awesome), the currents can obviously be a challenge. That's it. Mooring is kinda of a pain, but it is nice knowing the boat is not getting thrashed from passing wakes up against a dock.
Good advice, thanks! Checking on it won’t be an issue, I use the boat 2-4 times a week currently and that’ll only go up with it in the water and not having to load it on the trailer every time since half the time I’m solo and don’t feel like fighting the trailer after work for a 2 hour cruise or quick fishing trip
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Originally Posted by Parapapam View Post
FWIW, mooring pendents are required to be supplied by a town approved mooring technician in my Town/Harbor. But it is a town by town rule.

Also, I had a mooring float/flag on my mooring pendents for a while. After the fiberglass of the flag stick got old, it started to splinter. Fiberglass splinters in the hand are not fun. So I switched over to floating pool noodles that I zip tie onto the mooring pendents. It means you need to be able to reach the waterline instead of just grab a flag. But it keeps the pendent out of the muck just as well. I like this solution better.

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Mike,
Curious where you saw that Pendants need to come form a town approved source? the mooring and gear i get. Don't recall seeing anything about the pendants. I made my own.

OP, link below is recommendations from Jamestown.

https://www.jamestowndistributors.co....do?docId=1107
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Make sure the boat is bottom painted as growth occurs amazingly quick (within a week or two). I don't know the area, but find out if birds tend to be a problem. They can make a mess of the boat so you may want to add bird deterrents.
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Most Towns will give you a minimum pendant size based on the size of the boat.
In Marblhead and Chatham- the mooring need to be inspected- the mooring fields typically have one or two companies that inspect the moorings and submit the paper work to the town. If I open my tax bill, it list the block weight, the chain size and year replaced. It also lists the pendant size.
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Originally Posted by MattyMMA02 View Post
Mike,
Curious where you saw that Pendants need to come form a town approved source? the mooring and gear i get. Don't recall seeing anything about the pendants. I made my own.

OP, link below is recommendations from Jamestown.

https://www.jamestowndistributors.co....do?docId=1107

Matt,

You may be right. Here are the town regs concerning that:

https://ecode360.com/9076504


Each year the mooring buoy, pennant, chafing gear, top chain and all connecting hardware on each mooring must be inspected.
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Each existing mooring shall be inspected, fully, by a registered inspector at three-year intervals either by diving or out of water.

So, my "registered inspector" is also the guy that services my mooring. He is the one who tells me the pendents need to be replaced per the town regs. He is also the guy who winterizes my moorings. So I just tell him, "Sure. Replace the pendents then." I assumed he had to do the work but maybe he just needs to inspect the work if I (or you) do it ourselves. Of course I won't do the work.... but that is laziness on my part.

Mike
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Originally Posted by Parapapam View Post
FWIW, mooring pendents are required to be supplied by a town approved mooring technician in my Town/Harbor. But it is a town by town rule.

Also, I had a mooring float/flag on my mooring pendents for a while. After the fiberglass of the flag stick got old, it started to splinter. Fiberglass splinters in the hand are not fun. So I switched over to floating pool noodles that I zip tie onto the mooring pendents. It means you need to be able to reach the waterline instead of just grab a flag. But it keeps the pendent out of the muck just as well. I like this solution better.

Mike

GEES————MORE BIG BROTHER!!!! An approved a town mooring technician to install a mooring pendant. Crazy!!!

Soon towns might require approved, classes by a licensed toilet paper user instructor before one can purchase products for that use.
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I too had a problem with the pickup buoy mast splinters. I took some clear tubing and slid over the length of it and taped it off at the top with 3M 33 elec tape. Problem solved. I still end up using the boat hook though as I haven't perfected my inboard skills.
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Thanks all for the tips and helpful advice. Talked to the lessor again after some opinions here and talking to a few friends who rent commercial moorings and she’s going to have it setup this weekend by the diver (there might be a rule about it having to be setup by a certified person as Mike said).

Boats already bottom painted and my auto bilge pumps are wired to the battery so should be in good shape and excited to have the boat on the water to enjoy even it I don’t unhook it
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Ten years ago we rented a mooring at Cuttyhunk for the season from a friend. The pendant! What a BPITA! Maybe a licensed mooring pendant technician would have been my answer to our mooring problem which was located right next to Harvey’s Hump in the mooring field.

Our season started with no pendant which I quickly installed using one that sat in my garage for years. ONE week after I installed it, some A-hole ran over it leaving us without a pendant. OK, poop happens so I replaced it. The following week I found the same condition, pendant gone with only the chewed line attached to our mooring.

So I gave up with pendants and installed a 3/8’’ line between the mooring line and a couple of floaters. Heck, thought I would just pick up the line with a boat hook and live without a pendant. Next week...... THAT LINE WAS GONE!

Damn! So I again replaced my pickup line, this time with 1/2’’ three strand connected to a couple of floaters. Yeah man! This should do the job and indeed it did! The next week when we went to the mooring IT WAS GONE! Some A-hole ran over it and in doing so, wrapped the pickup on his prop/shaft and literally destroyed the mooring ball. I had to pay for the repairs, over $400 and said self, ‘’I WILL ANCHOR!’’
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Originally Posted by foggysail View Post
GEES————MORE BIG BROTHER!!!! An approved a town mooring technician to install a mooring pendant. Crazy!!!

Soon towns might require approved, classes by a licensed toilet paper user instructor before one can purchase products for that use.
I worked moorings for a bunch of years back when I was younger, it was a professional company that had excellent equipment and did things the right way. The owners sold the business and went back to sea after about 10 years, they are both maritime academy grads. It was not an issue getting "approved" by your local harbormaster if you demonstrated the proper equipment, knowledge and skill. Do you want some fool inspecting and installing mooring ground tackle and making sure the 40' Hinckley is secured on her mooring..... and not bouncing off other boats as she ping pongs through the Harbor? I have witnessed this with a 42 Egg harbor and a 42 Taiwanese tank.

There is plenty of good advice listed above and your local authority should be able to provide sound advice regarding your pennant size. If I was renting a mooring I would expect it to come with appropriate pennants. On the other hand I have seen the 3 strand crap some folks use and would highly suggest a properly spliced braided line if you were forced to supply your own set. Good Luck and have a great season.
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Originally Posted by Salem Sound View Post
I worked moorings for a bunch of years back when I was younger, it was a professional company that had excellent equipment and did things the right way. The owners sold the business and went back to sea after about 10 years, they are both maritime academy grads. It was not an issue getting "approved" by your local harbormaster if you demonstrated the proper equipment, knowledge and skill. Do you want some fool inspecting and installing mooring ground tackle and making sure the 40' Hinckley is secured on her mooring..... and not bouncing off other boats as she ping pongs through the Harbor? I have witnessed this with a 42 Egg harbor and a 42 Taiwanese tank.

There is plenty of good advice listed above and your local authority should be able to provide sound advice regarding your pennant size. If I was renting a mooring I would expect it to come with appropriate pennants. On the other hand I have seen the 3 strand crap some folks use and would highly suggest a properly spliced braided line if you were forced to supply your own set. Good Luck and have a great season.
The OP was asking about a pendant, not a mooring. .

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Originally Posted by Boat Hound View Post
They have double pendents as well, which are kinda a pain, but it helps me sleep.
My boats are on the worst exposed to the east harbor on Buzzards Bay. Every boat I've seen that chafed through its gear was on a single and not a double.
Also most didn't have adequate chafing gear or any at all. Having your boat removed from the beach is a pain, picking up double pendants is not.

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