Town Farm Bay 1 (PBM)
Royal Savage Yacht Club
Depth @ 102' lake level: 21'
Coordinates: 44° 16.275' N, 73° 17.010' W
Recommended max: 6,500 lbs / 26' LOA
Last Inspected: 6/20/20
All metal hardware listed below is galvanized unless otherwise noted. Hardware with no "[measurement] remaining" information had no measurable wear.
GREEN: Good condition.
YELLOW: Fair condition.
RED: Replace immediately.
6' pickup buoy
5/8" Yalex bridle w/ thimble
1/2" shackle w/ SS wire
Polyform A-3 mooring ball
1/2" Polyform shackle w/ zip tie
5/8" shackle w/ zip tie
1/2" self-color chain, 11' length
1/2" shackle w/ zip tie
1/2" eye-eye swivel
1/2" shackle w/ zip tie
5/8" self-color chain, 34' length
3/4" shackle w/ zip tie
4x4x1' concrete mooring block (1,200 lbs in-water weight w/ dual 7/8" bails
Mooring maintenance — 6/20/20
Flipped the block back upright. Replaced the entire 3/8" chain rode with proper chain sizes/lengths & replaced the waterlogged mooring buoy.
Mooring Inspection — 5/6/20
This mooring is in poor shape due to an extremely worn section of the 3/8" chain along the section where the chain first meets the lake bottom. The chain itself looks fairly new & has only a small amount of surface rust.
The mooring block has flipped upside down with the chain coming out from under the block to the north, indicating it flipped in a south wind. However a prior imprint made by the block is visible a few feet to the north indicating it may also have dragged south in a separate storm, before flipping.
This mooring location is very exposed to the southwest. It has roughly 2:1 scope which is shorter than recommended, but typical for a mooring field although not an exposed one.
The combination of all-3/8" chain rode, short scope & exposed location are not good. This mooring is an especially poor candidate for all-3/8" chain rode, as evidenced by the severe chain wear & the flipped block.
Recommend flipping the block back upright & switching the bottom chain to at least 25' of 5/8" chain due to the exposed location, along with 11' of new 1/2" top chain. With 5/8" chain it's possible to keep the 2:1 scope due to the mooring field, although it looks like going to 2.5:1 would be fine in terms of the surrounding moorings -- only adds 9' more chain & would be safer.
A lot (~18') of the upper section of 3/8" chain is in very good shape & can be reused elsewhere.
The waterlogged mooring ball may need to be replaced if heavier chain is used.
During spring 2020 setup, the bridle was provided with a 5/8" shackle & no swivel. The 5/8" shackle does not fit into the 3/8" chain so I used a new 1/2" shackle to connect the bridle instead. With occasional use, the lack of a swivel is less of a problem than it would be with full-time use.
Cursory Mooring Ball Inspection — 11/19/19
This mooring appears to be in very good condition. Waterlogged buoy but buoyancy is still good enough. No pickup buoy. I'm assuming there is a swivel farther down the chain rode -- will double check in the spring when I do the full inspection.
Recommend adding a pickup buoy.