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In gale conditions, the chain (in a conventional mooring system) extends until it is almost straight. When this happens, the elasticity provided by the (catenary) curve is lost. The chain becomes a rigid steel rod between the bottom anchor and the boat. Any additional increases in the force of the wind or waves must be absorbed by a component in the anchor system. Something is bound to fail. The anchor yanks loose, the pennant breaks or a cleat pulls out.
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. During storm conditions, this new dimension also protects against the effects of the sudden increases in water depth caused by storm surges or the impact of a break-away boat.
Hazelett rodes maintain elasticity to absorb forces from strong winds and tides and preserves the integrity of the mooring system under severe storm conditions.
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.
Seagrass loss associated with boat moorings at Rottnest Island, Western Australia.
BACI design reveals the decline of the seagrass Posidonia oceanica induced by anchoring.