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Docklines are doubled (this makes 8), and 4 spring lines. It was a feat of engineering to get everything right- a lot of adjusting, especially with the significant high/low tides. I also check my cleats frequently, looking for any cracks around them and my lines. The boat is ALWAYS backed in- transom to the dock, with a big Taylor fender. We get a lot of sudden storms with little notice, so the boat is always secured at dock. Especially important in hurricane season!
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Hurricane force winds forecast here (southern England) tonight. Central pressure 27.9" (945 hPa). And one of the highest tides of the year .. 22ft. Lot of people practicing these tactics today, but there are still going to be some go down.

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Altough its sad to see those photos, it looks like the boats are smiling doesn't it???
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I can't beleive they actually manned the rails.. how embarrassing
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Hurricane force winds forecast here (southern England) tonight. And one of the highest tides of the year. Lot of people practicing these tactics today, but there are still going to be some go down.
Lyn, I hope you and your boat will be okay!

I think the key is to practice the tactics before hand, that way, you're not guessing what is right when the big one comes. Unfortunately, sometimes, no matter how prepared we are, when the big one hits, no amount of planning can save the boat or the house.

It's just so odd. When I think of England, I think of mushy peas, pubs, overcast rainy weather, and the Royals. I never ever would have associated England with hurricane force winds. Weird weather patterns this year!
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I've found it helpful to see how the boat rides during the blow and to make adjustments. Then again, it's good to keep track of fingers and limbs.
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Lyn, I hope you and your boat will be okay!
Many thanks for that, but fortunately my boat is in Victoria, BC! Going back in a couple of weeks. We've been helping friends here today.
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Just remember, BoatUS found that a majority of the docklines that failed were due to the nylon heating up and melting from friction. Use chafe protection that allows the water to get to the line inside, so the water can cool and lubricate the nylon line fibers and prevent them from heating and melting. I generally use the polyester/spectra woven chafe sleeves. Rubber or vinyl hose will make things worse since they'll trap the heat in the rope and prevent the water from getting to the rope.

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Just remember, BoatUS found that a majority of the docklines that failed were due to the nylon heating up and melting from friction. Use chafe protection that allows the water to get to the line inside, so the water can cool and lubricate the nylon line fibers and prevent them from heating and melting. I generally use the polyester/spectra woven chafe sleeves. Rubber or vinyl hose will make things worse since they'll trap the heat in the rope and prevent the water from getting to the rope.
Thanks for the info, SD. I had pondered using the hose trick, but, hell, it's just easier to buy new lines! My new ones "supposedly" have UV protection... We'll see about that... Maybe if I dip them in a vat of ScotchGuard....
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Yeah, the last time a parted a mooring line it was because I didn't use water penetrable chafing gear.

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I rigged a sprinkler drip watering system from home depot. The lectrasan pumps into the holding tank instead of overboard, the drip system takes the recycled water from the holding tank and runs up through the stanchions out along the lifelines, over to the where the fairleads are, then drips down onto the dock lines as the run through the fairlead. In summertime, I switch the drip nozzle for misters and turn them upside down. Really cools down the cockpit, you'd be surprised. Still can't get a date though.

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