10 Things to do when leaving your boat moored

The fact is that your boat is possibly at greater risk when moored than when you’re out in open water so there are a number of essential jobs to do to minimize the risk.

  1. The minimum number of lines you should use to moor to a floating pontoon is 4 – a bow line, a stern line and two spring lines fore and aft.
  2. In tidal waters your lines will need to be long enough to allow for the rise and fall of the tide or for a sudden rise in water level in rivers or marinas prone to flooding.
  3. Make sure that any valves and seacocks have been firmly closed.
  4. Keep the battery running so that the bilge pump can continue to function as and when required.
  5. Use a proper cover that fits snugly to protect your boat from the worst of the weather.
  6. Grease all parts that require it.
  7. Check and top-up anti-freeze if you are going to leave your boat out in the winter.
  8. Use special mould/mildew sachets to prevent the boat acquiring unpleasant smells and to reduce clean up time when you intend using the boat again.
  9. Take steps to avoid water build-up under sinks, in seacocks, strainers, holding tanks and any other areas where water might collect.
  10. It’s important that your boat is checked regularly if moored for a long period and also that your insurance is kept up to date.