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Re: How short is too short
Gary - I think the OP is on a mooring ball.
My preferred method on a ball. Mooring line (nylon) from cleat through the chock to the ring or pennant with a complete round turn (twice through) to the chock on the other side to the other cleat (cleat hitch perhaps with a stopper knot as a safety). I then run other mooring line the same way but this one is a bit longer; doubling up. If you are a permanent ball, use anti-chafing where necessary.
If you have a plumb bow the mooring ball with rub against the hull. If not, the mooring line might be snugged up enough to keep the ball just below the bow without touching.
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Last edited by jackdale; 06-01-2012 at 01:54 PM.