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Mara Buoy completes Prototype Testing

It has clearly demonstrated a safe and reliable mooring system which is easy to use.

We are delighted to announce that the final prototype of the Mara Buoy has completed its summer test program. It has clearly demonstrated a safe and reliable mooring system which is easy to use.

A series of prototype Mara Buoys were built and tested during the course of 2015.   The final prototype was placed at Arisaig on the Scottish west coast, and has successfully weathered storms and gales whilst keeping our UFO 34 ‘Grace’ safe.

During the test program, which lasted a number of months, picking up the mooring line was consistently easy and safe.

For our particular boat we did not even need the boat hook but simply picked up the mooring line by hand from the top of the buoy.

At the end of the test program, the mooring line also looks immaculate with no obvious wear.   This is due to the rope friendly, long radius, rope guide on the Mara Buoy and bodes well for high reliability and a long life.

The prototype will remain in the water over the winter to monitor the effect on it of extreme winter weather and also of marine growth.

Happily though, ‘Grace’ is now safely ashore for the winter.