About Us

Conservation Elastic Mooring System of Hazelett is an advanced alternative to traditional block and chain moorings. When riding out “The Hurricane of 38” and then Gloria in 1985 , on two different vessels anchored with chain, Vermont- based inventor and industrialist Bill Hazelett had ample time to observe the stresses and motions of vessels anchored with chain in extreme weather.

Our Solution : Conservation Elastic Mooring System

Bill Hazelett was determined to develop an conservation elastic mooring system that would reduce point loads on deck hardware, eliminate the jerking motion when chain becomes taut and keep the vessels pointed straight into the wind. Mr. Hazelett spent time and resources in the following years developing the Hazelett Elastic Rodes.

About the Conservation Elastic Mooring System

Environmentally friendly mooring systems were not thought about in the early stages of the Hazelett elastic mooring development. A typical chain mooring system usually has at least a 3-to-1 scope. When boats swing with wind and tidal changes, the chain on the seabed rakes the bottom, killing sensitive eelgrass and coral reefs. Shellfish and finfish need eelgrass and coral to spawn and have cover for their young to hide in. A Hazelett mooring elastic system connected to a Helix screw anchor floats above the seabed with a minimal footprint. More and more harbors around the world are prohibiting the use of chain and requiring conservation moorings.


International PADI, Inc, California | March 2015

The Hazelett Elastic Mooring Rode offers a better solution. Because of its engineered ELASTICITY, it stretches out smoothly under the load of wind and sea, thereby eliminating the peak forces of a rigid chain rode. The Hazelett rode provides a new dimension in mooring systems – the dimension of elasticity.

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Bryan Gullan, Isle of Man | November 2017

The elasticity within the mooring set-up eliminated entirely the ‘snatch’ associated with chain moorings during heavy weather and helps the boat to maintain a very stable position over the mooring in rough conditions. The Hazelett system eliminates virtually all moving parts, so reducing wear on the majority of components.

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RPS APASA PTY LTD, Australia | July 2014

Hazelett rodes maintain elasticity to absorb forces from strong winds and tides and preserves the integrity of the mooring system under severe storm conditions.

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Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries, Massachusetts | February 2009

Seagrass loss associated with boat moorings at Rottnest Island, Western Australia.
BACI design reveals the decline of the seagrass Posidonia oceanica induced by anchoring.


“Hazelett Marine was easy to work with, delivery was fast and product was cheaper than competitive products. While our dock was inland, it survived Hurricane Florence because of Hazelett elastics. We will definitely use them on our next project.”

Steven Bailey, NC Wildlife Resources Commission

“Marshall Marine’s three docks were constructed with a piling support system customary to this area (South Dartmouth, MA), however, ongoing maintenance costs and service disruptions were causing us problems.

Steve Gomes came up with a cost-saving solution using a Hazelett anchoring system instead of replacing expensive pilings sheared by ice flow that were in otherwise good condition. We proceeded cautiously, installing just one dock system at first, but after two years of zero breakage or maintenance, all of our docks are now secured with a Hazelett system.”

Billy Pires, Marshall Marine Services

“I’m moored in Groton CT and when Irene came through I went down to look at how everyone that was still in the mooring field was doing (I hauled out for the storm).

We had one boat on a Helix/Hazelett combination and although the wind wasn’t too bad the waves were high, short and steep. The thing I noticed was when this boat hit the end of its travel with a wave there was no whipping motion from the roller furler foil on the head stay. The other boats around it had a distinct whipping motion as they came tight on their chains. So the elastic rode was doing its job and the helix is about 12 feet into the bottom so dragging isn’t an issue.

Not a cheap solution but a lot of peace of mind.”

Boat Owner

“I spent a few days at the factory training installations and can tell ya, they are Wicked Good! and Worth Springing the Bucks for!

Get the Best. Get Hazelett.”

Capt Walt

“Thanks a million for saving my boat! The people on shore during George’s attack agreed that the Hazelett mooring pennant held Gaviota while other smaller and lighter boats dragged the moorings (and anchors) until they hit the rocks and the fuel docks, where they were destroyed. One 40′ boat moored to a block 1m3 and two screws beached in the mangroves.

This is a remarkable test when you consider that Gaviota is heavy (54,000lb) and 14′ beam, and that the winds were at least 110mph. But the real stress came from the surge and waves. They tell me that the boats were pitching 30 degrees or more.”


“As a commercial spear fisherman, I need to know that my boat will remain on its mooring through a nasty blow and be ready for a day’s work. Since I’ve been using your rode, my anchorage has been hit by several fronts blowing in excess of 40 knots for four days straight, and one that came through at over 60 knots.

While many boats were dragging their moorings, chaffing through pennant lines, and yawing about, my 45-footer rode out the storms easily, with no problems. I noticed that there is less strain on my mooring, lines, and boat since I purchased your rode, and I would recommend it to anyone, especially liveaboards.”

Lee Starling, Commercial Fisherman, Key West, FL

Get In Touch

Tell us about your project or challenge and we will follow up promptly to help provide a solution.

Operations: Burlington, VT:
+1 (802) 399-2627

International Sales:
+1 (585) 737-8592

Ft Lauderdale, FL/East Coast sales:
+1 (919) 561-9283

Seattle, WA/West Coast Sales:
+1 (585) 737-8592