We had a bit of a to-do on Saturday.
Normally we have no trouble picking up our mooring. SWMBO steers, and I wield the boat hook. But on Saturday we came back to the (borrowed) mooring we had been allocated, and took several attempts.
It was F5 (or felt like it), and the chain on the mooring was stouter than our usual, half inch apparently. And it was High Water Springs, which meant, I think, that more of the chain was off the bottom so more to lift. It was too heavy for me to get the chain aboard.
Anyway, we tried several attempts, but each time I had to let go again. In the end, we went to another spare mooring.
But the whole thing was also complicated by the dinghy which we had left tied to the pick up buoy. The dinghy painter kept gettin caught round the keel, and generally complicated things.
We tried motoring slowly forward once I had the pick up buoy aboard, to counter the wind, we tried approaching across the wind, but in the end I got the dinghy off (cut the painter), tied it to our stern, and went to a different mooring.
What should I have done differently?
Boat is an Achilles 24, 8hp outboard, SWMBO v petite and not able to assist with pulling chain in.
Should the dinghy painter be shorter? longer? I have decided to put a carbine hook on the end of the painter so the dinghy can quickly be released and tied to our stern, so we can then go round again with it out of harms way.
Apart from this debacle, we had a great day's sail.
Any comments greatly appreciated.