Picking up a mooring 2.
It is not always necessary to pick up a mooring at the bow.
It may be easier to pick the buoy up at the lowest part of the deck (usually aft of the shrouds). Then take the line back to the bow and pull it taut.
In fact, if you are alone, it may be easier to reverse up to the buoy and pick it up on the quarter. This will allow the helm to quickly pick up a boat hook and collect the buoy. Obviously, this requires care that the rope does not foul the prop!
The boat can always be pulled round, until bows to the buoy later.
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