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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 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 install last spring in Culebra would be subjected to the test of TWO major hurricanes so soon."

"I requested 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


West Falmouth Buzzards Bay flight 201 prop and rudder scarsBritish 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.

Lead author Dr Richard Unsworth, said; “In the present study we examined swinging chain boat moorings in seagrass meadows across a range of sites in the United Kingdom to determine whether such moorings have a negative impact on the seagrass Zostera marina at the local and meadow scale.

‌"We provide conclusive evidence from multiple sites throughout the UK that Z. marina is damaged by swinging chain moorings leading to a direct loss of at least 6 ha of United Kingdom seagrass. Each swinging chain mooring was found to result in the loss of 122 m of seagrass. Importantly loss was found to be restricted to the area surrounding the mooring and the impact did not appear to translate to a meadow scale. This loss of United Kingdom seagrass from boat moorings is small but significant at a local scale. This is because it fragments existing meadows and ultimately reduces their resilience to other stressors (e.g. storms, anchor damage and poor water quality).

Boat moorings are prevalent in seagrass globally and it is likely this impairs their ecosystem functioning and resilience. Given the extensive ecosystem service value of seagrasses in terms of factors such as carbon storage and fish habitat such loss is of cause for concern".

Our research highlights the need for boating activities in and around sensitive marine habitats such as seagrass to be conducted in a sustainable fashion using appropriate environmentally friendly mooring systems" stated Dr Unsworth.

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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.

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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.

Read more: You scratched my seagrass!