We are indebted to our customers who have not only asked the questions below, but often provided the answers from their own experiences of using the MooR FasT® in many different situations. If you have a new or unusual question, or solution to a mooring problem that you would like to share, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to post it on this site
| Q.|| Is ordering with a credit card safe on the internet?|
|| Yes, well on this site anyway. Our site uses only the most advanced secure server 128-bit encryption technology and is verified by Thwaite.|
| Q.|| is the MooR FasT® guaranteed|
|| Yes. As the manufacturers we are able to offer a lifetime guarantee on the moulded head. This is our way of saying that it should not fail in normal mooring use. If it does, we will replace any part without question.|
| Q.|| what is the MooR FasT® Made of?|
|| The telescopic handle is glassfibre and the head is moulded in Acetal plastic.
Acetal is an extremely tough, yet flexible plastic that will operate in extremes of temperature and live happily in a marine environment.|
| Q.|| But it doesn’t look very strong?|
|| The MooR FasT® design and material specification has been proved by our customers to withstand rigorous use. In action, stabbing at a metal buoy ring or mooring cleat would shatter or chip most other materials. The Acetal plastic head is deliberately designed to flex during use but will spring back into shape without breaking. See also our guarantee above.|
| Q.|| How far will it reach?|
|| The telescopic handle extends to 2 metres. MooR FasT® is light enough to be operated with one hand at arm’s length, so, over 2 metres.
When closed, it will stow in just over 1 metre, but if space is at a premium, the head can be unclipped from the handle too.|
| Q.|| What happens if I drop it overboard?|
|| Don’t panic! It floats!|
| Q.|| What happens if the Yellow ‘gate’ becomes detached from the head?|
|| Simply re-set it as shown in the diagram in the Assembly Instruction leaflet supplied with your MooR FasT® and under the “How it Works” page of this website. You should never lose the gate in use provided you have tied your mooring line to our feeder line, or directly to the gate itself.|
| Q.|| Can I do that, I mean tie my mooring line straight onto the MooR FasT® gate?|
|| Of course, many of our customers who use the same mooring line each time do just that. We supply the MooR FasT® with our feeder line attached to the gate with a ‘Cow Hitch’ rather than a splice so you can quickly swap over. Just bear in mind that heavy, wet or stiff warps may be more difficult to manoeuvre accurately at arm’s length.|
| Q.|| So, is there any limit to the size of warp I can use with the MooR FasT®?|
|| No. When using the feeder line, provided you can tie a knot in it, you can use it! (see ‘How it Works’ page for recommended knots). The eye on the MooR FasT® gate will take up to a 14mm diameter warp for direct attachment.|
| Q.|| Is MooR FasT® available in other colours?|
|| No, sorry. But there are several good reasons why it is yellow. Here’s two:
If you drop it overboard, it’s easy to see. (It floats handle – up)
When approaching a mooring, especially a buoy, the helm often loses sight of it under the bow as the boat gets nearer. The foredeck will be aiming the MooR FasT® by this time and the helm can follow the angle of the handle, even in poor light.|
| Q.|| Is the MooR FasT® available in other sizes?|
|| Sorry, no.|
| Q.|| I often visit places where the Visitor’s buoys just have a rusty shackle or ring that lies flat on top of the buoy. How can I use a MooR FasT® there?|
|| The shape of the MooR FasT® has been specially designed to cope with exactly this problem. Unlike other mooring devices, one arm of the head is shaped rather like a crab claw. By aiming the ‘claw’ at the centre of the ring or shackle and stabbing it through, you will find that the MooR FasT® will scoop it up and thread your line through. If you miss first time, don’t worry, just stab at it again. You don’t need to re-set the MooR FasT® to have another go|
| Q.|| OK, what if the buoy doesn’t have anything on top?|
|| The traditional answer to this situation is to lasso the buoy with a warp. However, this sometimes tricky manoeuvre can be accomplished simply and safely from inside your guardrails by using the MooR FasT®. For lasso techniques, see the lasso page under ‘How it Works’ on this website. In effect, the MooR FasT® gives you another 2 metres of reach, saving you leaning over the pulpit, or worse, lying flat on the bow, to achieve a lasso.|
| Q.|| My home harbour mooring has a pick-up buoy attached. Can I use a MooR FasT®?|
|| Yes. And there are several ways of doing it, depending on the configuration of main buoy and pick-up.
If the pick-up buoy has a handle, or wire ring, use the MooR FasT® as
normal, stabbing the claw end of the head through the handle. The MooR FasT® gate width is 50mm, about the thickness of a scaffold pole, and most handles are not as thick as this. The spring on the MooR FasT® gate has a very light action, so not much resistance is needed to open the gate and engage the mooring. However, pick-up buoys are light, often lie with the handle at an awkward angle, and will skid away on the surface of the water if you miss first time. A certain method of getting the buoy easily is to use the lasso technique on the main buoy or pick-up buoy as above.
If the main buoy has a fitting on the top that you can tie a loop of rope to before you leave the mooring, you can use the MooR FasT® to thread to that on your return. Once temporarily attached to the main buoy, you can moor permanently at your leisure by pulling up the main chain, etc.|
| Q.|| How would you use a MooR FasT® on fore and aft moorings?|
|| Fore and aft buoyed moorings usually have a ‘span’ line joining the buoys. It is often simpler to stab the span line anywhere on its length and pull it aboard, preferably about amidships. You can then lift it onto the deck and work along it towards the bow and stern until your craft is lying to the span line. You can then take your time to attach your own warps to, or capture existing strop lines from, the buoys, using the MooR FasT® of course.
TIP: To make a ‘chafe – free’ mooring to a buoy, thread your mooring line through the buoy ring as normal. Before untying your mooring line from the MooR FasT® feeder line, pull through enough mooring line to enable you to thread it around the buoy ring for a second time and bring the end back on board. Make sure the MooR FasT® gate is re-set properly by giving a light tug on the feeder line (see diagram under “How it Works” on this website). Then use the MooR FasT® again. The resulting ‘round turn’ around the buoy ring will be a lot kinder to your mooring lines when the boat swings on the buoy due to tide or wind than a simple loop through. Saves you leaning over the bow or stern to achieve it, too!
TIP 2: To undo either a single or round turn, rotate the MooR FasT® head 180º and push it back onto the mooring. This will unthread the line.
A. Fore and aft pile moorings usually have a ring or a bar to which you can attach a mooring line. The MooR FasT® will slip through small rings or into tight gaps between the pile and an attached bar to thread your mooring lines as above. If the attachment points are muddy and festooned with weed, (as they often are!), MooR FasT® will save you bringing it aboard by keeping it at arm’s length!|
| Q.|| My marina berth has a finger pontoon and the gap between it and the neighbouring craft is very tight. How do you recommend I get in and out safely?|
|| We sympathise! Unfortunately, the industry trend is for larger craft but the number of crew and the size of berths has remained much the same. It is beyond the scope of our FAQ page to be able to offer advice specific for every craft, wind and berth combination. But here are some ways the MooR FasT® can help:
When berthing, jumping off onto a finger pontoon, especially in the wet or dark, is a risky option. The finger berth should have a cleat on your side, ideally half way along. Most marina cleats are the ‘bridge’ type with a central hole which the MooR FasT® can thread your mooring line through from the safety of your deck. Secure one end of your line to your midships deck cleat and tie the other to the MooR FasT® messenger line, remembering to lead the line outside your guardrails. Use only enough total line length to reach to the cleat and back, other wise you will waste precious time pulling it through. Use the MooR FasT® to thread through the cleat. With 2 metres of reach, you should be able to thread the line as the boat approaches the berth, giving you time to put tension on it as you come alongside. Once you are secure amidships, mooring fore and aft can be done in your own time.
Of course, there will be times when you are coming into a strange berth where other’s mooring lines may obstruct the cleat you are aiming for, or the cleat simply doesn’t have a central hole, or it’s a post or bollard. Then prepare a lasso using a bowline or a bight as shown on our “lasso” page on this website. In effect, the MooR FasT® works like a 2 metre extension to your arm.
TIP: Put the pre-tied bowline loop or bight of rope into the MooR FasT® head. Provided you keep a light tension on our yellow messenger line, the loop cannot fall out, even if the cleat is directly below you, enabling you to guide the loop safely over it. Once it is looped over, let go the feeder line and pull the MooR FasT® back on board. The gate will open, disengaging from the loop, so much easier and less risky than balancing a loop on a boat hook!
Leaving your berth is the reverse of the above with, normally, the midships mooring the last to be released. Whether it is, or whether you use a ‘spring’ to pull you off, don’t forget that the MooR FasT® can also be used to release a loop from a cleat as shown in our pictures on our “lasso” page on this website of mooring in a lock.|
| Q.|| Is there anything a MooR FasT® can’t do?|
|| Yes! The MooR FasT® is NOT a boat hook, although it can do many of the jobs a traditional boat hook can do much better, and lots that a boathook can’t do. The MooR FasT® is designed as a mooring line threader, and is not built to be used to, for instance, hold onto a mooring using just the pole and the messenger line. Neither is it designed to push a boat away from a pontoon or lock wall. We would advise our customers that they should always have a rigid (ie in preference to a telescopic) boat hook on board for these jobs.|
| Q.|| Anything else I should know?|
|| If you have any questions that have not been answered here, please contact us as shown on the ‘contacts’ page of this website. You can ask to speak directly to either Chris Bentley or Keith Hunter, directors of MooR FasT (Marine) Ltd and yachtsmen with extensive mooring experience. We will do our best to help.|
Meanwhile, here are a few more examples of what the MooR FasT® CAN do, or, at least, what we have been told it has been bought for!
Its great for harvesting fruit trees, or bringing branches to prune within reach without climbing a ladder.
The London Fire Service trialed it for lassoing animal’s legs to rescue them from cliffs and crevasses. It saved the rescuers getting kicked by the frightened beast.
Still on the animal theme, there is a farmer somewhere in the UK who uses it to capture his bull. If you are that man, and reading this, please send us a picture!
And back to our civil forces, the Police considered it for rapidly climbing trees to arrest protestors in the countryside.
And we have succeeded in tying a Clove Hitch around a bar from 2 metres away, but we are at a loss to find a use for this trick. If you can think of a good reason why, email us at email@example.com The best answer wins a MooR FasT®