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Old 12-08-2006
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On Aquila, we call it snubbage. And we like it. We have one of the least protected slips in the Bay, when the wind kicks up out of the south on a high tide, like it might in the next couple of days. The concern isn't the cleats on the boat, but more those on the 20-year-old dock. Either end cutting loose is not a good thing. On a 31,000 lb boat, we use 5/8" braided for the bow and stern lines, with snubbage, and have a mix of spring lines: two 3/4" and one 5/8". I think the that snubbage is unnecessary of the line run is reasonaly long and the line has some stretch. And, to be obvious, don't forget the chafe protection - I bet that cuts more boats loose than pulled cleats. To get back to the last post.... is that what the chain is for? Totally makes sense!
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