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We Are The Helix Anchoring Experts

With 20 years of Helix Anchor installations world-wide.

Helix mooring anchors are ecologically "green" and far superior to all other mooring anchors on the market today when it comes to holding power. BoatUS Insurance and Cruising World Magazine have conducted pull tests to compare the holding power of the typical anchors used to moor boats. Their findings have proven that helix anchors have 4 to 5 times the holding power when compared to all other alternatives. A single helix anchor, properly installed, can withstand the pulling force of an 800 hp Tug boat. Many different test pulls, with strain gauges in the line, have registered in excess of 20,000 lbs of holding power. (Read more or Watch a Video of a Deep Water Helix Anchor Installation)

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The revolutionary new ecologically "green" eco-mooring system designed and manufactured by boatmoorings.com is the most ecologically friendly, storm-proof, ecologically green mooring system on the market today (Patent Pending). When used in conjunction with our time-proven helix anchors the ecological impact zone of this device is virtually zero. With this ecologically green mooring system you will be protecting your boat with the most effective mooring system available today while at the same time protecting the fragile marine environment. (Read more)

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In The News


Brand New Beneteau Oceanis 45 survives Two Hurricanes in Puerto Rico

DownWind Yacht Sales has reported that; "Of all the vessels moored in Culebra's harbor, it was only their Beneteau that survived both Irma's Cat 4 hurricane and Maria's Cat 5 hurricane".

All other vessels either parted or dragged their mooring and washed up on shore as a result of the 180 + mph winds.

They've attributed the success to having had Boatmoorings.com install a mooring system that could withstand the forces of a hurricane.

Tommy Hill , owner of DownWind Yacht Sales & Million Air was beyond appreciative, given the cost of repair or replacement of his inventory of boats.

"I never imagined that the mooring that I had Dave Merrill of Boatmoorings.com install last spring in Culebra would be subjected to the test of TWO major hurricanes so soon."

"I requested Boatmoorings.com design and install a mooring system that would secure my vessels during hurricanes and that is what I got."

"From what I've seen of vessels that were attached to traditional systems or even boats secured on the hard, it's beyond question, having a professionally designed mooring is the best way to go.

Tommy Hill
Down Wind Yacht Sales
San Juan , Puerto Rico

British University Makes Case for Eco-Moorings

And a New England Company Provides an Example of What That Means

Seagrass meadows are an important marine habitat in support of our fisheries and commonly reside in shallow sheltered embayments typical of the locations that provide an attractive option for mooring boats. Research led by scientists at Swansea University provides evidence for how swinging boat moorings have damaged seagrass meadows throughout the UK (and globally) and create lifeless halos within the seagrass. The creation of these halos devoid of seagrass fragments the meadow and reduces its support for important marine biodiversity.

The seagrass Zostera marina (known as eelgrass) is extensive across the northern hemisphere, forming critical fisheries habitat and creating efficient long-term stores of carbon in sediments. This is the first research to have quantified this impact on eelgrass.

The study "Rocking the Boat: Damage to Eelgrass by Swinging Boat Moorings", was led by Richard Unsworth and Beth Williams at Swansea University where it formed the basis of Beth's MSc thesis. The research was conducted in conjunction with Benjamin Jones and Dr Leanne Cullen-Unsworth of Project Seagrass and the Sustainable Places Research Institute, Cardiff University has been published in the Open Access journal Frontiers in Plant Science.

Read the full article on Passage Maker.

You scratched my seagrass!

anchor coral damageSailors for the Sea publishes monthly articles that translate the language of marine science into fascinating articles about ocean health.

To learn more about the organization visit Sailors for the Sea

Anchors effect on carbon storage

Those who sail come to know the ocean intimately; buoyed by its beauty and the rich life it nourishes, but also saddened by damage from pollution, over-exploitation, climate change or other problems.

Are there things boaters can do to lessen such problems and improve ocean health? What is the current status of the ocean's health, anyhow?

The Ocean Health Index is based on the premise that a healthy ocean provides a range of benefits to people now and in the future. This recognizes that people and the ocean must coexist, because human presence and activities affect nearly all aspects of the ocean and marine life and vice versa. In short, people need nature to thrive; and fostering a resilient, productive ocean will promote healthy sustainable societies.

The Ocean Health Index evaluates the world's oceans according to 10 public goals that represent key benefits of healthy marine ecosystems. Each goal is scored from zero to 100 signifying how well it is doing in achieving those benefits. The scores can be looked at by country and goal, and be averaged to produce a regions overall score.

Boaters have unique opportunities to help with these goals, particularly protecting sea grass and coral reef habitats, both of which provide a remarkable suite of benefits to people and marine life, benefits valued at nearly $12,000 per acre every year.

Grass of the Sea

Sea grasses form shallow meadow-like expanses throughout the world's warm and temperate waters. Just like grass on land, as the grass grows, it takes up carbon dioxide and releases oxygen to the water and sediments. Additionally, a sea grass meadow's extensive root system both stabilizes the sediments and stores very large amounts of carbon, keeping it buried for decades or even centuries if not disturbed, reducing the rate of carbon dioxide in the ocean and atmosphere, slowing the rate of global warming and ocean acidification.

Amazingly, seagrasses sequester about as much carbon per square meter as any habitat on earth, including rainforests. Meanwhile, the leaf fronds waving gracefully above form a miniature forest that shelters larvae and young of many commercially important fish and shellfish, as well as beautiful nudibranchs, jellies, worms and crustaceans. Such habitats are also the most important habitats for seahorses. As a further benefit, the flexible fronds are also surprisingly effective at absorbing wave energy and slowing the flow of water, thereby helping to protect coastlines from storm surges.

Seagrasses are globally and regionally threatened by many things. Broad threats include land erosion and consequent sedimentation that clouds the water, reduces photosynthesis and smothers the grasses; and run-off from land of excessive amounts of nitrogen and phosphorus pollution (often from cleaning products and fertilizers) that promote growth of seaweeds or phytoplankton at the expense of seagrasses.

Boaters can play a direct role in reducing a very specific threat, by not anchoring on seagrass beds. Anchors disturb or destroy the root systems, not only does this kill the plants, the sequestered carbon is released into the atmosphere as heat-trapping carbon dioxide. Since most seagrass beds occur in relatively clear and shallow water, boaters should anchor elsewhere and not disrupt the remarkable benefits they offer.

Carbon storage is natural in coastal ecosystems such as seagrasses, tidal marshes and mangroves. The score of 74 is relative to their condition in the early 1980's. A score of 100 would indicate that these habitats are all still intact today.

Read the full article on Power Boat World.

Bottom-Friendly Moorings Slated for Manchester, MA

By Tom Richardson on December 26th, 2013

Due to a mitigation agreement with the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection and Army Corps of Engineers, MassPort has agreed to fund the installation of 70 environmentally friendly helix moorings in the outer harbor of Manchester by the Sea.

Manchester harbormaster Bion Pile and the 3 mooring installers that work in the area have determined that the bottom substrate in the outer harbor is compatible with helix moorings, which have a holding strength up to 5 times greater than traditional mooring anchors, and have chosen the Eco-Mooring System represented by BoatMoorings.com.

Unlike traditional moorings, which have long chains that drag along the bottom and disturb marine life and habitat, the Eco-Mooring system uses a high-strength elastic rode that runs in a direct line to the boat above.

For more information on the Eco-Moorings and other environmentally friendly mooring systems, visit the BoatMoorings.com website.

Read the article on New England Boating.

Seagrass Damage to West Falmouth Harbor

September 10, 2013West Falmouth Harbor seagrass damage

Blogger Tay Evans recently wrote about damage to seagrass and eelgrass in West Falmouth harbor. Aerial photos show the most recent damage caused to this sensitive marine habitat. She goes on to discuss the generalbenefits of conservation moorings, and specifically the use of the Eco-mooring, to minimize or eliminate this type of damage.

You can read the complete blog post here.

Saba Conservation Foundation Hosted Mooring Installation Workshop

May 17, 2013

Underwater Helix Mooring InstallationTo increase capacity in maintaining and upgrading mooring systems for dive boats and yachts, a training workshop for the installation of Helix anchors was held on Saba from May 6th to 8th, 2013, funded by the Dutch Caribbean Nature Alliance (DCNA).

As part of a $50,000 grant provided by the Island Government to refurbish the island’s anchorages, the Saba Conservation Foundation purchased the necessary materials and a torque drive tool to screw helical anchors into sandy or loose sea bottom substrates. These anchors have proven to provide the best holding power of all systems currently available.

Dave Merrill, owner of Boatmoorings.com, who developed the special tool for the installation of Helix anchors underwater in the early 1990s, and his assistant, trained 12 participants from Anguilla, Sint Maarten, Sint Eustatius and Saba in the safe handling and applications of the equipment. (Read the full article on the SabaNews Website)

New eco-friendly moorings installed in Provincetown Harbor

October 25, 2011

PROVINCETOWN — It’s been a while in coming, but last week seven new elastic mooring systems were installed in Provincetown, six of them just to the east of the breakwater south of MacMillan Pier and one in the West End near the Coast Guard Pier.

Installing helix anchors in Provincetown MAThe new boat mooring systems were installed by boatmoorings.com, a company owned by Dave Merrill and hired by the town’s harbormaster’s office. The moorings are paid for by a $20,000 grant from the Massachusetts Bays Program. The new mooring is anchored by a corkscrew-type helix anchor that is screwed into the harbor floor. Attached to that is an elastic “rode,” a rope that is replacing the chain, which connects to a five foot “spar” buoy and pennant that attaches to the vessel’s bow cleat.

You can read the full article here at the Wicked Local Provincetown website.

All Ashore! New Mooring Field Opens At Waterfront

August 21, 2011

The New London Harbor, New London Connecticut recently completed a new mooring field project utilizing Helix Anchors and the eco-mooring system from boatmoorings.com. “We’re telling all our friends,” said Janet Crane - owner/partner in the first out-of-town boat to use the newly inaugurated mooring field. “These are the best moorings I’ve ever seen.”

You can read the full article here at the NewLondonPatch website.

Environmental impact is now a selling point

August 29, 2011

Even as the economy continues to sputter and businesses scratch and claw for revenue, boaters continue to use their boats.

This has opened opportunities for a host of service-related businesses, from the repair and parts departments found in dealerships to small, specialized companies like the one run by Dave Merrill...

You can read the full article here at the Soundings Trade Only Today website.


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