View Full Version : New Guy needs Mooring help

05-15-2012, 09:02 AM
Hi Everyone.

I'm the proud new owner of a clean 95 Pro Star 205. A couple of my friends already have 205/209's so it was an easy decision on what to buy. The problem I have is I am renting a house for one season only, and don't want the hassle of buying and selling a lift for one season. So I am committed to making the pier work. I was considering a system as follows:

Two of these installed on the far side of the boat:

And three of these installed on the pier: http://www.overtons.com/modperl/product/details.cgi?pdesc=Dockmate-Dock-Fender&i=73613&aID=602D&merchID=4006

2-3 cleats on the pier obviously. So my questions are as follows...

1) Does this sound sufficient?
2) What method (i.e. knots/springlines, etc) would I use to secure the boat to the pier? Is there a more simple bungee cord style mooring line I could use?
3) Question about draft also....the better pier choice for me (in a bay) is only 24" deep where the prop would be and literally 14" deep at the very front tip of the boat. I'm assuming draft is a function of prop/rudder more than hull but would like your take on if you think this depth is sufficient. Draft spec is 22" so I recognize it will be close regardless.

Thanks very much in advance. Look forward to participating here, as I'm a regular on various car sites.


05-15-2012, 09:57 AM
24" at the prop is lower than I would want to go. Not sure if I would run the boat that shallow.
(Just my opinion... I freak out with less than 4 feet in the man made lake I go to)

05-15-2012, 09:57 AM
2" inches of clearance at 24" mark a little chop and the prop/rudder will be kissing the bottom. I question the mooring pole, a good wind + 2600 pounds of boat will yank or bend the pole right out of the ground. IMO.

If the bay is protected from wind then its a different story....IMO

I like the mooring arm better..IMO

05-15-2012, 10:22 AM
I wouldn't rely on 2" of clearance. A loaded boat will drop the rear 2" and you'll be scraping bottom.

05-15-2012, 08:43 PM
I use these:

I fabricated a home-made set last year, which worked ok, but scored a pair of Monarch mooring whips off local CL for $100. They work extremely well and keep the boat well away from the pier.

You would not need the posts installed with these. The water depth at the prop is probably 40"-48".

Fore and aft movement is controlled with a line from the pylon secured at the bow and stern.

These are pics from last month when I set them up. They are designed for boats up to 30', but for the money I decided I could make them work!

05-15-2012, 10:15 PM
oooo..look at that wide stretch of open water...a strong wind(t-storm) coming across that lake would exercise them whips fer sure....