We overnighted on the mooring at lytham last week. Our first night on a temporary mooring.
We had a strop consisting of anchorplait 8mm chain and anchorplait. We hooked the buoy with atemporary line and then simply threaded the strop through the ring ( which we could only just reach) pulled it through and made the rope off to the sampson post ( and then the anchor windlass base. ( the chain was just through the bulwark fairleads) WE then had a secondary nylon line over the roller.
I drew the short straw and used the forecabin and had about 1 hours kip!!.... there is a 3kn current the wind was 10 to 15 knots and waves were up to 3 feet when the current ran against wind.
Next time I would like to get more sleep please so am turning to the experts for help.
The main issues were the jerking of the chain which felt as if the bow was going to come off and the chain running through the ring.
We would have liked to shackle the chain but would have been hard pressed to get shackle on, would just crossing the chain have helped ?
I guess we could have made the strop longer and tried to get the nylon rope to take the initial strain and lessen the jerk but we did have a concern that the nylon rope was getting worn by the loose chain running through the ring.
Reaching the ring seemed to be an issue. I guess we could have got a short chain through the ring and shackled it to form a loop 2 feet from the buoys ring where we could then attach the strop and the nylon line without too much problem.
( I moored under similar conditions at Conwy for 2 years but had a chain plus nylon shackled properly on... Oh! and slept in the after cabin!)
Its really the one night stays where I would like your kind advice.