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Houseboat Anchoring at a Mooring Buoy

by Tony

Technique to help with a Houseboat Anchoring swaying problem.

Technique to help with a Houseboat Anchoring swaying problem.

I just bought a 1994 54' Jamestowner Houseboat, and have it anchored on a mooring buoy. The problem is it tacks back and fourth, side to side even in low wind conditions. My question is how can I slow it down, or eliminate the houseboat from swaying at anchor, or at a mooring ball.

Thanks, Tony

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Reply - Answer
Good question Tony, since I also had a few houseboats who would sway from side to side at anchor, or at a mooring buoy.

I have posted the image above to show a technique that helps reduce or eliminate this problem.

One trick that I use is to use a second line attached to my anchor rode to make the houseboat angle of the anchor line.

You would attach the second line @ half the distance between the boat and the mooring ball, or anchor.

I have attached a drawing above to show the technique.

Ian - from

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Like a kite with two tails...
by: Anonymous

clever idea. Certainly worth a try! Might rocker stoppers also be useful for reducing 'tacking' at anchor if suspended by a small bouy and tied to the stern like the tail of a kite? Possibly two such tails, one on each side of the boat, each attached to a cleat so that it could move back and forth under a raised outboard?

Swaying Houseboat problem at Mooring
by: Tony

Thanks for replying to my question about the 54' Jamestowner houseboat swaying problem. Sorry it took so long to reply back, but the drawing showing the technique did not come through.

Thanks again, Tony.

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