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I agree with the previous posts regarding number, type, length of dock lines. I might add that I was tought that generally with a dock line that has a spliced in loop at one end and the other without, the loop on your transient lines should always go to the dock and the rest of the line brought aboard and cleated off(figure 8 style). In other words the adjusting of the length of the lines should bed done from aboard the vessel, not from the dock or at the piling. This allows you to be able to adjust all your lines as needed, incase of tide changes or other reasons from the boat. It keeps you from having to leave or get off the vessel to adjust lines. This could be very helpful in a number of scenarios. For instance if tied up alongside a quay or dock where there is a large tidal range and your vessel may be a large distance below the level of the cleats up on the dock..Also, if there is tension on the line,when cleated properly, you are able to release your lines, no so if you have the loop over your cleat. In case of some emergency, where you might need to release your boat quickly, you want to be able to do that right from your vessel.
For permant docking lines, I do just the opposite. The loops are thrown over the cleats onboard the vessel and the rest of the line brought ashore and the lines permantly adjusted for your particular dock and cleated off on the dock. Then when leaving you just have to pull off the loops at each onboard cleat and leave the lines on the dock. When coming back and docking, your lines are all ready set at the correct length and you just have to drop the loops over your onboard cleats, and your tied up. Oh, AND DON'T FORGET YOUR FENDERS!..Rick
Last edited by midnightsailor; 09-20-2009 at 11:22 PM.
Reason: spelling, clarification