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Doesn't chain rust given enough time and exposure to the elements?
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So your lines don't chafe because they are chain. What keeps your boat from chafing because you're tied to a dock with chain?
The lines aren't chain, they are rope. The lines have a thimble spliced into the end of the line - exactly like you'd have on an anchor line - where it connects to the chain. The chain is secured to the dock, the chain is basically just a shackle on the dockside. The free end of the line is then attached to the boat as per normal; Bow, stern or spring line.

We are talking about chafe of the mooring line where it meets the dock so to answer your question specifically, it is the thimble spliced into the end of the line that prevents chafe.

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Doesn't chain rust given enough time and exposure to the elements?
Yeah, I suppose it would. Far slower than line chafe and, since we're in Canada, they definitely outlast our sailing season - it's only a few months *sigh*
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Seems like a lot of trouble to have your lines shackled to the dock, if you wanted to take them with you on the boat. Do you put a wire or zip tie through the shackle pin to keep them from unscrewing open?

Do lines have a problem chafing through where they are tied to a dock cleat? My lines seem to get far more wear where they rub something on the boat.
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Seems like a lot of trouble to have your lines shackled to the dock, if you wanted to take them with you on the boat. Do you put a wire or zip tie through the shackle pin to keep them from unscrewing open?

Do lines have a problem chafing through where they are tied to a dock cleat? My lines seem to get far more wear where they rub something on the boat.
That's the point; You do not take your mooring lines with you - they are permanently attached to the dock for the season. Yes, the shackles are wired as a requirement (and out of good sense).

If you were to permanently attach lines to a dock cleat or bollard for a whole season, they will definitely chafe. How much? I suppose that depends on movement and how much the line works back and forth.
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