I took a mate for a run down the river on Grantala today.
We got back to the mooring and I had the boathook down and was hauling up the mooring buoy - SNAP - the damn rope holding the buoy to the mooring rope snapped. I'll admit I had a bit of tension on it (the boat was still just moving and I wasn't about to ask my mate to throw it into reverse) - but hey....
So - my 40hp fishing boat - which was hanging off the mooring buoy (no - it didn't cause the problem) drifted off with the buoy attached and the mooring rope is somewhere in the 34' between the river bottom and its surface.
I get the mooring serviced every year - normally at a cost of about $250 - $280, to lift the block, replace whatever needs doing (swivels, ropes etc) - and I'm almost due a service. Obviously, the contractor has never replaced that bit of 1/2" rope - but I know the main ropes get replaced.
Oh well - Grantala is on a public mooring about a mile downstream and I'll happily ignore the 24 hour limit to be on it. I guess a diver will be needed, although a grapple may get it. I gave a passing small boat a hoy and asked him to rescue my small boat before it drifted too far.
But, what a pain in the bum eh?