Think before lassoing

‘Lassoing’ a mooring buoy by dropping a bight of line over it then heaving in the slack is a useful means of securing temporarily, especially where there is neither mooring ring nor pick-up buoy with its promise of a strop. The technique should, however, only be used as a last resort and never as the number one option. The hard line chafing a rope riser can cause damage and a number of moorings popular for practice with sailing schools have actually carried away following over-use of this system.