Tieing up to a harbour wall

We have only tied up to a harbour wall a few times and watched several locals come in, but this will give you the general idea of the equipment that you will need. This method also relies on risers being present so we have told you how to create your own riser lower down.

You will need

  • Two long lines, these need to be at least the length of
    • 1m to be used to tie the rope to your cleat
    • 1-2m to be used to tie up to the hard point at the top of the harbour wall
    • The height of your freeboard plus 1 m spare
    • The height of the harbour wall at low tide
  • Two angels - These are heavy weights which keep your long lines tight
  • Two shorter lines - which will be looped around risers
  • Fenders

What to do

Before you enter the harbour have your two long lines ready and have a shorter line tied on the central cleat and lots of fenders. As you enter the harbour, look for the ladders and aim to get your central line, near the ladder. Tie yourself to the ladder on your arrival. This is only a temporary measure but you are tied up and secure. Now you have time to deal with the rest of the lines. Take the two long lines up the ladder and tie them securely to the bollards at the top of the harbour wall. Now throw the lines down, one for the stern and one for the bow. On the boat, pass the long line through the weight so that it will go into the water before you tie the line to your cleat. Now tie one of your shorter lines around the risers so that the riser can pass freely through the loop. Now take off the short rope that is currently around the ladder and use this to loop around another riser.

Create your own riser

You will need

  • Long Braided rope at least twice the heigt of the local tide. You could get away with just the one line as your riser buy we prefer to double the line if we can
  • Other lines to loop arond the riser

Loop the braided line around a rung of the ladder which is above the high water mark. Now take the doubled line and pass it around the lowest rung that you can and tie the two lines together to form a loop. You can now loop aound the riser at your cenral cleat.

Warning: One of you must stay on the yacht to adjust the length of the riser until you have reached low tide.

Being really fancy

You can pass a line from the bow of your boat, behind your riser and then to the stern of your yacht. This is how we configure the yacht for depature as it means we are still secured but we have removed the long lines to the top of the harbour walls. When you are ready to depart all you need to do is remove the riser and you can be off.

Raising money for the RNLI

The RNLI turned 200 years old on 4th March 2024. So as sailors and people who promote the joy of sailing, we thought that we would like to raise just £200. What we hope is that other people take up the shout and raise their own £200. In the last 200 years the RNLI have saved over 144,000 lives and yet they are funded entirely by people like you. They are not government funded.

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