George Smith of Mara Engineering for the Sea (Mara EFS) has developed Mara Buoy, an innovative mooring buoy for yachts and small commercial vessels. The unit is now on test with the Royal Naval Sailing Association (RNSA).
The design of the new mooring buoy has a number of features, which revolutionise current mooring systems, the developer says.
Significant areas of improvement are in terms of longevity, safety, ease of use, reliability, maintenance and nighttime visibility. It can even be personalised with the yacht name, logo or artwork.
The mooring line pick up point is at deck level and the mooring line ‘gives’ upon pick up allowing the deckhand time to make fast.
The Mara Buoy features a galvanised steel backbone through which the mooring force is transmitted from the mooring line to the mooring chain.
Reliability is increased, the company says, by the fact that the mooring line runs over radiused surfaces, which reduces chaff. An underwater swivel is eliminated by allowing the line to swivel inside the galvanised steel backbone.
To make maintenance easier, inspection of the mooring line and swivel are carried out through a window in the backbone. Underwater connection is by way of a shackle to the mooring chain, which gives a simple, strong connection and peace of mind. Reflective surfaces help to improve nighttime visibility and close quarters navigation.
Mara EFS is a brand name of family-run business Jebb Smith Ltd. The company has over three decades of offshore engineering experience.