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Article: How to Moor?

How to Moor?

En route to Arthur Beale's by river bus I noticed a barge proudly displaying a large plaque saying "Freedom of the River Thames, Company of Watermen and Lightermen ". So I was interested to see how the professionals moor up. Lots of belt and braces seems to be the order of the day.

The extra bit of long link chain is a useful tip. I was very impressed by the securely held fender and I think Arthur Beale's must review their ready spliced polyester fender ropes which are clearly not up to spec.

We also seem terribly behind the times regarding whipping the ends of mooring warps when clearly a good wire brush is the way to go.

I can only hope that the plaque on display in the wheelhouse was propped up as a joke?

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