Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Seaside, Florida
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Dock-side storm tactics...
A nasty little spring storm rolled through here yesterday and claimed two small sport fishing boats at our dock. Both had their open transoms exposed to the weather, while other similar boats with their bows to weather survived. I find the sight of a sunken boat -- any boat -- unsettling, and I thought it would worthwhile for folks to to post advice for dockside parking techniques for (non-hurricane) nasty weather.
When weather approaches, I've found it useful to tighten the docklines to lessen the shock of the port-to-starboard motion. To reduce fender rub, I try to adjust the docklines so that the fore-and-aft pivot point is the point that comes in contact with the dock. I also put a snubber on the line that's seeing the most abuse.
Other than that, my parking repetoire is pretty rudimentary, so I'll let the know-it-all freaks have their moment...