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Building mooring posts

This article is written for mooring post I built on my mooring. My boat is 39x5.3m The idea behind the creating of these posts was to have a low budget based mooring facility. I must recommend building four instead of two for a boat my size.

We dig a hole in the ground of 1 meter by 1 meter and a depth of 1 meter. Better would be to take 1.5m but 1 meter is already enough.

We placed a metal pipe, of at least 8mm metal thickness, in the ground. 1.5 meters in the ground and 0.5m above. Before placing the pipe we drilled holes at the bottom of the tube (part that goes in the ground). Through those holes we placed metal strips. This is to make sure the pipe never turns in the earth / concrete.
When the pipe was in the ground, we filled the hole with concrete. Afterwards we filled the pipe as well with concrete to prevent it from bending.

Red lines are metal strips to prevent pipe from moving

This construction has to dry at least a week, preferably two weeks.

That's how to create a cheap mooring facility!

Some pictures of the mooring posts in Bruges

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