Med Mooring
S/Y EFAKI is a Mirage 28 built in 1977 by Thames Marine (UK) 

S/Y EFAKI is a member of the SNAPDRAGON & MIRAGE ASSOCIATION

S/Y EFAKI is a member of the Piraeus Sailing Club (I.O.P.)

 

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There is a lot said regarding mooring in the Med. If you do a web search you may find several useful resources. I only wanted to clarify a few things and showing a few photographs to support my views.

In general we bow moor in the Med since most anchorages have a fast ascending slope of the seabed and nobody wants to damage the rudder of his boat. Apart from this reason also the free space to squeeze in your boat is so limited that the stern (and usually beamier part of the boat) can't fit in. At last but not least the wash of other boats can contribute to a possible damage.

You can see here Efaki at a dock at Spetses Island. Under the bow the water is about 50cm deep that no way the stern with a depth of the rudder around 1 meter could fit. A plank or passarele is used to help crew come aboard or leave Efaki. Notice the distance of the bow from the dock to prevent hitting it from the wash of other boats.

Here Efaki is at the Aegina harbor. Since late arriving there was not any available space to squeeze in. The usual solution is to double raft near to a friends or polite sailor's boat by using several fenders and bowlines.

The same as above applies here too. In this photo Efaki is at Leonidio. You can spot here the owner of the left sailing boat checking the drug of his anchor just before sunset. On this occasion fortunately I did not have had his anchor crossed by mine that in a situation like a gale during the night could have made things difficult. 

This is Efaki's permanent mooring in the Microlimanon harbor at the facilities of Piraeus Sailing Club. Again here we are bow moored not only because there is not enough depth but also since we like some privacy from the crowds walking on dock.

 

This page was last updated on March 21st 2003.