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MUDEFORD SAILING CLUB
Dinghy sailing and racing in Christchurch Harbour

A unique friendly club that brings together sociable and competitive sailing in a safe harbour location

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SECURING THE PONTOON

Pontoon workings

The Pontoon is attached to the jetty by various ropes which allow it to be pulled away from the jetty when not needed and pulled back in to the jetty during racing. It should always be left "hauled out" at the end of any racing or other use. There are three sorts of ropes which control it:

  • Two Outhauls, one at each outer end. They go from cleats on the jetty, out to shackles on the harbour bed and in again to the outer corners of the pontoon.
  • Two Inhauls which are secured to the inner side of the pontoon, up to cleats on the inside edge of the jetty fence.
  • Various static ropes which hold the pontoon in place when outhauled.
  • If the pontoon is left "hauled in" the tide and waves will rub it against the jetty and gradually destroy it.

Here's a simple guide to what to do, either by the race officer or the boat crews. There's a diagram below.

  • TO PULL THE PONTOON IN:
  • Don't undo any knots!
  • Uncleat both outhaul ropes and allow to go slack.
  • Pull the pontoon in using the inhaul ropes until it is about 30cm/a foot clear of the jetty legs. Cleat off these ropes.
  • TO PULL IT BACK OUT AGAIN
  • Don't undo any knots!
  • Uncleat both inhaul ropes and allow to go slack.
  • Pull the pontoon out using the outhaul ropes until it is about 2.0m/6 ft out from the jetty and cleat off these ropes.
  • The static ropes should not be tight at this stage.
  • Make sure that the inhaul and static ropes are slack. (This is to allow the pontoon to settle on the harbour bed when the tide goes out without excessive strain on the ropes or the jetty.)

ALWAYS LEAVE THE PONTOON PULLED OUT

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