In The News
Bottom-Friendly Moorings Slated for Manchester, MA
By Tom Richardson on December 26th, 2013
Due to a mitigation agreement with the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection and Army Corps of Engineers, MassPort has agreed to fund the installation of 70 environmentally friendly helix moorings in the outer harbor of Manchester by the Sea.
Manchester harbormaster Bion Pile and the 3 mooring installers that work in the area have determined that the bottom substrate in the outer harbor is compatible with helix moorings, which have a holding strength up to 5 times greater than traditional mooring anchors, and have chosen the Eco-Mooring System represented by BoatMoorings.com.
Unlike traditional moorings, which have long chains that drag along the bottom and disturb marine life and habitat, the Eco-Mooring system uses a high-strength elastic rode that runs in a direct line to the boat above.
For more information on the Eco-Moorings and other environmentally friendly mooring systems, visit the BoatMoorings.com website.
Read the article on New England Boating.
Seagrass Damage to West Falmouth Harbor
September 10, 2013
Blogger Tay Evans recently wrote about damage to seagrass and eelgrass in West Falmouth harbor. Aerial photos show the most recent damage caused to this sensitive marine habitat. She goes on to discuss the generalbenefits of conservation moorings, and specifically the use of the Eco-mooring, to minimize or eliminate this type of damage.
You can read the complete blog post here.
Saba Conservation Foundation Hosted Mooring Installation Workshop
May 17, 2013
To increase capacity in maintaining and upgrading mooring systems for dive boats and yachts, a training workshop for the installation of Helix anchors was held on Saba from May 6th to 8th, 2013, funded by the Dutch Caribbean Nature Alliance (DCNA).
As part of a $50,000 grant provided by the Island Government to refurbish the island’s anchorages, the Saba Conservation Foundation purchased the necessary materials and a torque drive tool to screw helical anchors into sandy or loose sea bottom substrates. These anchors have proven to provide the best holding power of all systems currently available.
Dave Merrill, owner of Boatmoorings.com, who developed the special tool for the installation of Helix anchors underwater in the early 1990s, and his assistant, trained 12 participants from Anguilla, Sint Maarten, Sint Eustatius and Saba in the safe handling and applications of the equipment. (Read the full article on the SabaNews Website)
New eco-friendly moorings installed in Provincetown Harbor
October 25, 2011
PROVINCETOWN — It’s been a while in coming, but last week seven new elastic mooring systems were installed in Provincetown, six of them just to the east of the breakwater south of MacMillan Pier and one in the West End near the Coast Guard Pier.
The new boat mooring systems were installed by boatmoorings.com, a company owned by Dave Merrill and hired by the town’s harbormaster’s office. The moorings are paid for by a $20,000 grant from the Massachusetts Bays Program. The new mooring is anchored by a corkscrew-type helix anchor that is screwed into the harbor floor. Attached to that is an elastic “rode,” a rope that is replacing the chain, which connects to a five foot “spar” buoy and pennant that attaches to the vessel’s bow cleat.
You can read the full article here at the Wicked Local Provincetown website.
All Ashore! New Mooring Field Opens At Waterfront
August 21, 2011
The New London Harbor, New London Connecticut recently completed a new mooring field project utilizing Helix Anchors and the eco-mooring system from boatmoorings.com. “We’re telling all our friends,” said Janet Crane - owner/partner in the first out-of-town boat to use the newly inaugurated mooring field. “These are the best moorings I’ve ever seen.”
You can read the full article here at the NewLondonPatch website.
Environmental impact is now a selling point
August 29, 2011
Even as the economy continues to sputter and businesses scratch and claw for revenue, boaters continue to use their boats.
This has opened opportunities for a host of service-related businesses, from the repair and parts departments found in dealerships to small, specialized companies like the one run by Dave Merrill...
You can read the full article here at the Soundings Trade Only Today website.