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Fore spring of aft spring?
The best pilots are the one’s ashore and one of the discussions sailors come across there is what lines are to be used when mooring and mooring off. Especially on a blown-on pontoon. Even for owners of motor yachts with bowthrusters, twin props, IPS drive, and other wonderful toys it is useful to know how the lines can be used because they can be effective also under also harsher conditions when the other toys fail. Many sailors however, hardly make use of lines let alone they make a distinction between the fore and the aft spring although there are great differences in effectiveness and risks.
In general we recommend to use the forespring in most conditions and only very rarely the aft spring. This has partly to do with the torque why the forespring is much more favorable. Moreover, in general, water flows along the rudder when we “sail into” the spring so the rudder also aids to pivotting outside the pontoon. Finally, it is also easier to fender the bow than the rear of the ship. It is important to place the fenders well in advance and brief the 'crew' clearly. The 5-step method can be tremendous usefull. It is also important to keep your boat in neutral so long as your crew is working on the lines. Injuries occur easily when lines are handles and someone at the helm is giving throttle at the same time. The use of the rear spring might only be usefull in counter current and headwind situations and the pivoting angle is not too large. An alternative to the use of a spring is the use of a weatherline. Many a skipper saw ‘burning water' when confronted with this method. Would you like to practice maneuvering your yacht under expert guidance, feel free to call us at +31625-190120. Knowledgeable captains of Happy Crew are awaiting to help you. Click here for more....