Mooring advice

Can anyone please explain to me how to moor a Flying Scot?  The strern rings seem to be only if one is mooring on a dock and as I understand it, I need to have the mooring at the bow of the boat.  The only cleats I have are on the sides of the boat and not big enough for the mooring lines (just to tie the boat down at a dock, etc...).  Would I use the bow "eye"?
I am having a marine servicer in my town make a mooring for the boat and want to make sure it is moored properly. 
I should also say that it will be kept in a large bay (tidal) in Massachusetts in the salt flats.
Thanks for any and all advice!

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At our club, our Scots are docked using three lines.  We also have fingers off the main dock which I assume you will as well.  We use one line which is tied to the stern mooring ring which is then tied to the finger where there is a cleat at the end of it.  Next, we use one line with a snap hook tied to the middle of it and snap it to the bow plate.  That line is fed to two cleats located about 3 to 4 feet apart on either side of the boat.  Lastly, we use a spring line which is tied to the same cleat on the finger and led to the base of the mast.  Make sure that the line to the stern is slacked enough to keep the front of the Scot from banging into the main dock, and then snug up the spring line and tie it off using a bowline.  Another key thing to watch for if you're docked next to other sailboats.  Make sure the mast are not in a line, or they will bang into each other from wave action.  Also use boat fenders to keep the boat from resting on the finger. Hope this helps. If pictures help, ask, and I will try to post them next week.

I use a 75 lb mooring with 20' of 'thick' chain and (2) pcs of 15', 3/4" , three strand nylon line with SS caribiner's spliced on at the ends to attach to the bow eye ( one line would be enough, but two gives me extra security ).  Boat is in 3-5' of saltwater that has heavy current and wave action - for 4.5 months.  It's overkill but I NEVER worry about the boat pulling or breaking a line.
Definitely keep your mast rig tension tight at the mooring so the wave action does not allow the mast to swing around and put undo pressure on the shrouds and rig.  Also, use all the proper swivels at the mooring / chain so all swings and moves freely.

This is just what I need to know!  Thanks very much....I just called the marine shop to explain it to them and he said that it makes perfect sense and that is how he will set it up.  Seems like a very straight forward system, too.  Do you need to lean way over the deck to get to the pennent or is it fairly easy?
Thanks again for your response!

I sail to the pin every time.  I use a mooring float with a 4'  'antenna', for lack of a better word.  When I initially leave the pin, I put the carabiners down this antenna - they rest on the mooring.  When I return, I sail to the pin, jump to the bow, grab the antenna, get the caribiners and quickly click them onto the bow.   
The trick is to time getting to the pin so your de-celerated just right.  And, before I go to the bow to grab the pin, the main and jib sheets are free, and the rudder blade is up.  Be careful not to slip on the bow.
If you can understand this, it works great ! 
Good luck.

Use monel or SS wire to lock the mooring shackle bolts in place.

Thanks for the info, but unfortunelty, I do not have a dock near it and will be taking a dingy to get to the boat in the open water.  I appreciate you feedback regardless!!