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Old 12-05-2012
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Re: Boat Bondage!

I tie my boat up so that the lines are just loose enough to prevent them from being stretched, but tight enough so that there's not much obvious slack. This allows the boat to move a bit, but without building much momentum before the lines one one side or the other begin to take up some strain and start to stretch. I also keep the spring lines a bit tighter than the bow and stern lines. That way the longest lines (i.e., the spring lines) are the ones taking most of the load, so their greater length can absorb more of the "shock" loads. Since my slip has fingers on both sides, I can keep the boat from contacting either side, and use fenders more ore less as a last "line of defense"
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