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Infinite Dock Line Possibilities!
Last fall at the Annapolis show, I found a whole 300'' spool of gorgeous brand-new royal blue double-braided 1" diameter dockline at Bacon''s for a price I couldn''t pass up (60 cents/foot!). I do my own eye splices, and am now looking at all this virginal line and trying to decide exactly how I want to carve it up.
I wouldn''t mind some opinions of veteren Caribbean heavy-displacement folks as to what they''ve found most useful when docking down there. Of course, I will anchor or moor more often than dock, but when the time comes I hope not to say, "damn, if only I had left another ten feet on this thing!"
Of course part of the equation will be Diva''s length and girth: 59 LOA, 53 LOD, 15 beam, and her decks sit 5-6 feet above the waterline.
Whaddaya think? Simply go with (6) 50-footers (probably more like 48s after the splices)? Or leave two longer for spring lines and make (4) equal-length shorter ones? Or three pairs of graduated-length? Or...two great honkin'' 150 footers?? Hell, I could leave it alone, whip the ends and have one helluva hawser too!
I suppose this could have more to do with various tying-up philosophies, which I wouldn''t mind hearing also.