[safety, responsibility and liability] - [general guidelines] - [contact] - [mooring systems]

The Barnegat Inlet Yacht Club presently maintains two moorings for the use of Club members and, since the BIYC has no clubhouse or docks of it's own, to have something to offer other yacht clubs by way of reciprocity. The moorings are in Meyer's Hole and are lettered "BIYC PRIVATE" and numbered 1 and 2, respectively.

Club members are invited to use the moorings for overnighting, for hooking up to in order to swim off their boats, for enjoying the view... what have you.

The main rule is this: Enjoy the moorings, BUT PLEASE DON'T HOG THE MOORINGS. We would like to do this without a sign up sheet or a mooring watchman. Simply be considerate of others. If we know in advance of a boat coming in from a reciprocal yacht club that would like to use a mooring we can make arrangements to have a mooring available.

Many BIYC members are also High Bar Harbor Yacht Club slip owners or season renters. Remember that use of a BIYC mooring does not imply access to High Bar Harbor Yacht Club facilities.

All boaters using the BIYC moorings must bear in mind the following:

THE SAFETY OF A VESSEL IS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE CAPTAIN. The BIYC has made every reasonable effort to provide secure mooring systems. That having been said, any vessel utilizing a BIYC mooring does so at its own risk. The BIYC assumes absolutely no responsibility for any damage done directly or indirectly as a result of the use of a BIYC mooring. The BIYC makes no representation regarding the use or fitness of the moorings. USE OF ANY BIYC MOORING CONSTITUTES FULL ACCEPTANCE OF THESE TERMS.

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Other points to consider are:

CURRENTS CAN BE DECEPTIVELY STRONG. If you swim off your boat while anchored or moored, it is good practice to securely tie a horseshoe buoy, life ring, or some other floatation device on a length of line (preferably floating polypropylene) and let it trail from the stern of your boat. The line must be long enough so that if a swimmer is carried away from the boat, he or she can swim perpendicular to the current and grab the line and reach either the boat or the floatation device without having to swim against the current. (Learn how to tie a bowline or other good secure knot.)

A boat anchored near a boat that is moored will likely pay out more anchor rode than the length of the mooring chain and pendant (the rope between the mooring buoy and your boat). As the wind and currents change, the boats will therefore swing in different arcs. If you are moored and a boat drops an anchor behind you and pays out twice as much rode as the length of the mooring system, there will be plenty of separation initially. HOWEVER, if the wind or current subsequently shifts, there is a good chance the boats may hit or at least foul their ground tackle. It is good practice when boats moor and/or anchor in close proximity to hail the other captain and coordinate your positions and amount of scope. Also, boats with different hull and keel configurations and different amounts of windage may be effected differently as the wind and current change.

In high wind conditions, if you fear your ground tackle will not hold, it is good practice to start your engine(s) and apply slight forward power to take up some of the strain on your anchor rode or mooring system. DO NOT MOTOR FORWARD OVER THE RODE OR PENDANT.

The BIYC mooring pendants are 3/4" cord, with moveable chafe guards. Please slide the chafe guard to whatever position will protect the pendant where it goes through a bow chock, over a toe rail, or past an anchor (the pendant shouldn't lay directly on an anchor). If your bow cleats are spread fairly wide without a chock near the centerline, you may have to fashion a bridle. This can simply be a dockline made fast on one bow cleat, passed through the loop of the mooring pendant and brought back and made fast on the other bow cleat.

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We are not posting a phone number or VHF channel on the mooring buoys because that would mean someone from the BIYC would have to be available by phone and/or VHF at all times. We have updated our listing in the Registry of American Yacht Clubs to show the BIYC as having moorings but no clubhouse, and to list a contact phone number for visiting boats from reciprocal yacht clubs. That number is 908–500–1874.

We are not collecting a fee for the use of the moorings. Again, they are for the use of BIYC members and as a courtesy extended to members of reciprocal yacht clubs.

Thank you for your cooperation. Enjoy!

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Mooring Systems:

All three BIYC moorings consist of the following:

500 lb. steel mushroom anchor with counter weighted shank
20 ft. of 5/8" bottom chain (that's the thickness of the stock, each link is almost 4 inches long)
Swivel to reduce twist in the chain
20 ft. of 1/2" top chain
18" mooring buoy
3/4" x 15 ft. mooring pendant with spliced loop at the boat end

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