Houseboat Anchoring - Where are the center bow cleats to tie off an Anchor?
by Patrick McKenny
Houseboat Anchoring - where's the Cleats to Tie an Anchor?
When it comes to houseboat anchoring, where are the center bow cleats to tie off an anchor, or to a mooring buoy?
How do you set up a 44 ft Gibson houseboat for a buoy mooring? There are no eyes on the front bow, and there are only cleats on the sides of the deck.
Thanks for any input, Pat. Reply - Answer
Well Pat, welcome to the houseboat forums, and sorry to hear about your mooring buoy and anchoring problems.
You are not alone when it comes to the lack of cleats to tie off the bow of your houseboat. This can create a difficult condition when you want to anchor or tie up to a mooring ball.
If I remember correctly, the Holiday Mansions, Chris Crafts, and Gibson houseboats are some of the models that don't have a bow cleat in the center, only on the port and starboard decks.
I have previously used an "inverted v bow line" tied off the port and starboard cleats to give used a centered location for the anchor to pull on. It was never an ideal situation, but it did work for daytime use.
If I were you, ideally, I wonder investigate the possibility of installing a center mounted bow cleat. The Gibson has plenty of room to make for a good solid installation.
However on some houseboats having a center mounted bow cleat will create some inconveniences when boarding from the front bow entrance.
Hopefully other forum members will post comments or ideas to help you with that problem.Lastly
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Thanks again for sharing, IAN from all-about-houseboats
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