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Responsible Reef Practices - Tip #1 'Anchoring and Mooring' 12:25pm, Mon 04 Dec 2017

Cumberland Charter Yachts are dedicated to Eco-tourism, and have been a certified Eco-tourism operator since 2015, promoting sustainable travel that benefits local communities, culture and heritage to minimise impacts on the environment. We believe it is our responsibility to educate all our charter guests on environmental sustainability.

On your charter, you'll enjoy the many different activities and experiences the Great Barrier Reef and Whitsunday islands offer and it's important to enjoy them in a responsible and environmentally 'reef friendly' way. Cumberland Charter Yachts have written our own "Responsible Reef Practices" guide with a copy provided on each charter yacht. Here we'll share with you the many ways that you can help us keep the Great Barrier Reef and Whitsundays pristine for years to come and enjoy your charter holiday in a sustainable way.

Anchoring and Mooring your Vessel


The Great Barrier Reef offers visitors stunning vistas - both above and below the water, but it contains some very fragile environments.
An act as simple as hoisting an anchor overboard may have a significant impact on the world below. It may be years before the damaged area recovers or, in some cases, the coral may never return to its former glory.
By taking a little extra care when anchoring and using moorings where available, you will help protect this delicate underwater 'landscape'.

When Anchoring your Vessel


  • Examine the area before anchoring to find the best location
  • Anchor in sand or mud away from corals
  • Anchor away from fragile or sensitive areas including bird and turtle nesting areas,Indigenous heritage sites    
         and shipwrecks
  • Anchor your boat a safe distance away from other boats
  • Look out for the safety of people in the water when dropping your anchor
  • Never wrap the anchor rope or chain around bommies or large coral heads
  • If anchoring ashore, carefully place the anchor to minimize shore and coastal damage
  • If anchoring overnight, anchor before nightfall and double check the swing room
  • Carry enough chain and line for the depth you want to anchor in
  • Use the correct anchor for your situation and environment
  • Retrieve the anchor when the line is vertical
  • If the anchor is caught on the reef, free it by hand wherever possible
  • Do not force the anchor free by motoring forward
  • Use only as much chain as you need to hold the vessel, without compromising safety
  • Keep watch to make sure the anchor isn't dragging
  • Motor towards the anchor when hauling it in


  • When Mooring your Vessel


  • Do not attach your vessel to a damaged mooring
  • Use public moorings where available
  • When using a public mooring, read and follow the advice given on an
         information disc attached to the pick-up line
  • Vacate a public mooring as soon
         as you can to allow access for others

  • When picking up a mooring:
  • Motor into the wind toward the buoy
  • Avoid running over the pick-up line
  • Use a boat hook to retrieve the pick-up line
  • Attach the line to a strong point or bollard on the vessel




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