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Grease is probably not an optimal solution for docklines, as grease will tend to make them slippery, and harder to tie off properly, as well as pick up lots and lots of dirt/dust/crud and make the lives of the lines much shorter.
I would go with trying to keep the ants away from the terminal end of the line, rather than trying to prevent them from crossing over on the lines themselves... which is more difficult, and carries inherently more risks. Attaching anything to the lines to act as a blocker will introduce windage and chafe most likely. Do you really want that on the lines holding your boat in place?
Washing the dock area down with vinegar and placing ant traps around the area might help get rid of the ants... the vinegar makes it more difficult for them to figure out where to go, as it interferes with the chemical scent trail that they lay down—and the ant traps will hopefull poison the colony.
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a boat to the sea you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps
her going when she oughta fall down, tells you she's hurting 'fore she keens. Makes her a home.
—Cpt. Mal Reynolds, Serenity (edited)
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