Once the mooring is within reach, use the boat hook to grab behind the small float (often white) and lift until you can reach the painter that attaches the float to the mooring buoy and mooring line. Feed your starboard dockline through the eye in the mooring line and back to the starboard cleat, cleating it off tightly. Allow the boat to settle. Note: Do not pull the float or painter on deck or use them to secure your boat; they are merely guides to the mooring eye. Also, keep in mind that mooring bouy and float configurations vary in different locations, so be sure to evaluate your setup before hooking the line.