Justin Ruthven-Tyers

writer and artist for people who love boats and the sea..

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Lay-up Mooring

Lay-up mooring

In Cornwall, at the top of muddy creeks, pleasure boats were layed up for the winter by their owners by tying them fore and aft ...at the stern to an old anchor, railway line, or an old engine, and at the bow by throwing a line ashore. Here they could lie protected from winter storms by the tree-clad hills that surrounded them. And by beaching them on a spring tide, they lay beyond reach of even the seawater except on the highest tides. Over the coming months their repose becomes apparent as pieces of idle seaweed entangle themselves on the mooring lines.

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