Even though, when on charter, we do take mooring balls on occasion, we really prefer to secure our boat using our own ground tackle. When would we opt to use a ball?
- When the water is too deep to anchor (this is obviously subjective and depends on the amount of rode that you carry).
- We know from experience that the sea floor is bad for holding.
- The bay is full of mooring balls and thus, if we did anchor, we’d end up swinging into the boats on adjacent mooring balls.
- We are only stopping for a short period of time and will not be spending the night, or leaving the boat unattended.
On those occasions that we secure the boat to a mooring ball, we always rig our mooring lines to minimize chafe. If we’ll be spending the night, we also like to dive on the mooring ball, assuming that the water is clean enough and not too deep. Even if it is too deep to see the bottom, we still like to check out the mooring tackle that we can see. Think that perhaps all this is overkill?