Wet mooring

rich hand

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Can anyone give me their reasons on why they would not wet moor a small boat such as a bowrider on the sea?

I ask since I see very few bowriders wet moored.

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Having watched a bowrider sink at a mooring in Poole harbour last year I can think of a reason or two.

Virtually all bowriders will drain water from the cockpit into the bilges so if the boat gets a bit of a rock on the water will slop into the cockpit, then into the bilge eventually sinking the boat. No bilge pump will cope with that.

Our last boat (a bowrider) took a large wave over the bow and we could well have gone the same way, which is why we have a cuddy now :)
 

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Assuming it is raw water cooled petrol, you won't be flushing it on the mooring, so the engine will likely succumb to the effects of corrosion in a relatively short space of time (3 years or so?)
 

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2 Very good reasons. I would actually be going for a Cuddy now preferably with a fresh water cooled engine.
 
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Remember that bow riders were essentially designed for American lake work, something they do very well.

Great in a flat sea, but not good if you take a few waves over the bow.

You can 'wet moor' a bow rider, but you need a cover....and another boat to work from to put on the cover when on a mooring!
 
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