Originally Posted by SecondWindNC
You can leave your lines on the dock, where they'll be ready for you to pick up when you return. It's a bit simpler to get the boat tied up when the lines are already in place.
However it would probably be a good idea to have a set of "traveling" dock lines stowed on the boat in case you need to tie up somewhere else for a planned or unplanned stop.
Exactly. We lost our engine on July 4 and sailed back to the marina. Because I thought it might helpful to be pulled into our slip with some of the lines, I attached a spare line to the bow cleat. While I didn't need to use it, having that option, or the option of tying up somewhere else if necessary or advisable is very comforting.
But I have to tell you, if you're doing mostly day sailing like us, being able to back or pull into your slip and just put on the lines is awfully nice....