When you moor your boat, you’ll need to make sure that the boat is secured safely to the river bank. This is done by securing the boat at the front and at the back. When you are on a river, secure the upstream rope first.
When mooring in a designated area, you will have a bollard or ring to secure your boat to. Make sure you pick a bollard or ring which is slightly in front of your boat, and another which is slightly behind it. You should be able to run your ropes at 45 degrees from the boat to the bank, the ropes can then be looped back round to the boat Telescopic bollards.
You may find that there aren’t any mooring rings or bollards with which to secure your boat to, in this case you can use your mooring stakes. These will be supplied with your hire boat, and are used in much the same way as tent pegs. Before you hammer your mooring stakes into the ground, make sure there are no obvious signs of cables or pipes, and that the ground is firm enough to take the stake. When the stake is hammered into the ground, mark the stake and rope with a carrier bag, or some light coloured material, this will allow people walking past to see the stakes. Also, never put your mooring stakes over a tow path.
Make sure there is some slack in your ropes, especially where the river is tidal. If you tie your boat to tight, and the river level drops, your boat could well be left hanging out of the water!