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Mooring pins 29 Apr 2021 19:34 #122811

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Thank you everyone that is all great info!

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Mooring pins 27 Apr 2021 14:55 #122763

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If I am staying overnight, or if the conditions dictate, I use mooring pins in pairs. Knock one pin in at 45 degrees and the second one at 45 degrees the other way, so the heads end up close together. The mooring warp is then secured to both pins. This has two advantages. The first is obvious in that together they will take more than twice the load. The other advantage is that if the pins have rings which end up close to each other you can padlock them together. This adds a level of security, even if it is peace of mind against willful canal-side yoofs who will find pulling both pins together quite a challenge.
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Mooring pins 27 Apr 2021 13:26 #122760

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My favourite pins are angle iron with a welded loop for a warp, inside the angle. On soft canal banks (like in Holland ) they hold far better than a round pin. Here's one (600mm), with a couple of much longer, fancier ones I found in Holland. I carry 4 for a 24m barge but wouldn't trust them alone if there's traffic passing.

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Mooring pins 27 Apr 2021 09:45 #122741

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If you find yourself in a pickle in France go the Brico and get one of these - angle grind in half and you have two emergency pins which work very well indeed.

www.ebay.co.uk/itm/143274510778
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Mooring pins 26 Apr 2021 23:18 #122731

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Just found this supplier of marquee pegs. They have a good selection of proper stakes!

leisurebargains.co.uk/search?q=marquee+pegs
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Mooring pins 26 Apr 2021 23:05 #122730

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My choice is a straight pin of about 80 cm, either round (30 mm or so) or hex sided of similar strength, with a loop at the top or a downward facing curved fork. Screw-in pins are better at holding but devils to put into some soil types. You have to cater for a bit of wind pushing you away from the bank and/or a passing vessel that doesn't slow down so expect a surge that may pull out skinny or short pins. Some soils are best with 2 pins at each anchoring point hammered in at angles so the tops only meet. This will give much better holding power than a single pin or even 2 spaced-apart pins. Always best to find a tree or something solid in addition to pins if possible. I've never found the need for more than 4 hefty pins.

Larfe pins like this are difficult to find in UK outlets that cater for nothing bigger than narrowboats. EBay's best seems to be this one
www.ebay.co.uk/itm/173767994535?hash=item2875612ca7:g:zY4AAOSwN3NcTxSi but it's borderline. You're likely to be better served at Dutch chandlers I suspect.

You'll need a good hammer - a long-handled club or lump hammer (4 lb or 1.5 Kg with 40 cm handle) is better than a big sledgehammer. Something like this - www.amazon.co.uk/Amtech-A2125-Sledge-Hammer-Fibreglass/dp/B0057EVRQA/ref=sr_1_19?dchild=1&keywords=long+handle+club+hammer&qid=1619470956&sr=8-19

It's something that a dozen boaters will give you a dozen different answers though!

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Mooring pins 26 Apr 2021 22:09 #122728

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Any advice please on choice of mooring pins and how many a 60ft barge might need? Only to be used for occasional short term mooring on inland waterways...

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