Richard Smith's (World Famous)
Rafting Up Cruise at Pwllheli Marina.
Contact Imladris on channel 15 from 12:30 am on the 13th
CHANGE OF PLAN DUE TO STRONG WINDS FORECAST.
LET'S ALL MEET UP AT THE PLAS MENAI ROOM FROM 13:30
BRING YOUR OWN TIPPLE AND GLASSES OR JUST COME FOR THE SOCIAL SIDE.
WITH THE OPTION OF MEETING UP LATER ON OTHER PEOPLE'S BOATS!! LOOK FOR THE PINK BALOONS!!!!!
Aim: Get to know each other at the beginning of the season, on each others boats. Discuss sailing plans etc.
Yes, at OUR HOME BASE.
Rafting up is one of the things cruising sailors do more of than any other sailing / motor group.
Rafting up can be a good experience, a very pleasurable Social Event.
"We meet, greet and enjoy" : is the phrase of the day. Maybe not quite a 'Booze Cruise' , however 'to be or not to be' -is the individuals choice of course as is everything in the world of Cruising.
We will all be there to assist each other to make it 'hassle/ stress free', regardless of the weather.
More details to follow regarding location at the Marina.
Information included in this web site is for guidence only
Some information, if needed, when rafting up:
Your boat should be adequately equipped with-
fenders - at least two good sized ones.
lines of adequate strength, generally 12mm is OK but bigger boats may carry bigger line. You must have a bow line, a stern line and at least two other lines to act as springs. All lines should be of sufficient lenght to go around your neighbour's cleat and have the end returned to you for securing.
Adequate deck cleats or suitable tie-on points are a must.
Ask first - or be invited. Never come alongside another boat, however well you know the people, and simply throw a line on the deck.
Have your gear ready
After you have been invited to raft up, stand off until you have your fenders in position and your lines ready, one end tied on to a cleat and the lines coiled for heaving. The spring lines should be at hand in the cockpit or on the deck, ready for use.
Do not expect the host vessel to provide fenders or lines. Make sure you have the fenders and lines on the correct side of the boat according to the host's wishes.
Lines can be made fast to cleats or winches or to any other strong points that are intended to take side loads.
Make sure the lines are taught enough to hold the boats snugly together and that the fenders are properly positioned to prefent hull contact.
Check the mooring lines and fenders regularly and adjust them to keep the boats snugly together.
When you leave
Slip your lines in this order:
Springs then stern then bow, after you have started the engine and made sure the cooling water is OK.