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Docking lines:tight or slack?
I think the boat should be able to move around a little. There''s no sence in socking down the dock lines All it does is cause undue stress on cleats, chocks, fenders and dock lines. Also, if your lines are tight, it tends to drive the fenders up onto the dock and they don''t work to well up there.
When I was at a slip, I used three strand nylon for brestlines so as to have an elastic action to lessen stress and braided nylon for fore and aft springlines because I didn''t want the boat to move to far fore and aft.(no elastic action). But they still weren''t so tight as to pull the boat against the dock.
If your in a marina thats not well protected, the worse the seas,the slacker the lines should be.