Re: Holding power of Mooring Ball required for hurricanes

Mark Erdos

Hi Dan,


We found most of the people in Curacao had no plans to head west after the season during our 6 month stay living aboard in the ABCs. They took full advantage of the Nov-Dec SE winds to sail the 500 miles (3-4 days) to the Virgin Islands on a beam reach positioning themselves for another loop through the eastern Caribbean.


In addition, I think I should mention the safety precautions a boat needs to take in order to passage to Trinidad.



With best regards,





Sailing Vessel - Cream Puff - SM2K - #275

Currently cruising - Galapagos


From: [] On Behalf Of Dan Carlson
Sent: Friday, February 14, 2020 8:56 AM
Subject: Re: [AmelYachtOwners] Holding power of Mooring Ball required for hurricanes


Good morning,. If you go to Peake in Trinidad, there is a good chance you will see us there this year.  We hauled there in 2017 and are planning to head back.  We also hauled in Curacao in 2018 and that was good for is as well. That decision should be based on your cruising plans for the next year.  Curacao is a good stop if you are heading west, but not if you want another pass up and down the eastern Caribbean. 


Daniel and Lori Carlson on sv BeBe, sm#387, currently in Cartagena, Columbia 



On Wed, Feb 12, 2020, 8:28 PM Eamonn Washington <eamonn.washington@...> wrote:


A mooring ball is rated in terms of holding power but I don’t understand what that means.  I also don’t know what holding power is required to hold a Super Maramu in a hurricane.  Could someone please explain if a 5t holding power would be sufficient or inadequate? 

I am trying to figure out what is the best option, to leave the boat on the hard (chocked and tied down) or in a marina (spider web of lines) or on a mooring ball.  We wish to leave our boat in Grenada during the hurricane season while we will be away the entire time.  (We will have someone check it regularly.)

Should the water tank be full or empty?  I guess if storing on land more weight is better, and in water less weight is better, but I am guessing.

Eamonn Washington
Travel Bug
Super Maramu #151
Currently in Grenada

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