Originally Posted by wingNwing
Wonder why those 2 boats didn't just cut the lines that tied them togeter?
Given that their anchors and lines were fundamentally parallel to one another, they still might/would have bumped one another, potentially with considerable force. However, if one of them then lengthened rode, that issue would go away, but the rode of that boat might well touch or go underneath the other one, potentially fouling or damaging rudder/props... That could be possibly mitigated or avoided by leading the rode (assuming it is not chain, of course...) inside the stern cleat of the boat ahead. That cleat may have considerable sideways stress, but possibly no more than being in dock with a punishing bow wind combined with swell. Still, does sound like a makeshift solution to me, and I suspect some new trouble issues would soon emerge, such as the boat moving too far with that rode starting to clear the aft deck of the lead boat, and so on....