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Ever see anything like this before? I was at a major marina in Milford CT and this is all they have. What was the idea, just cheap, better somehow?
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No cleats, and an exposed pipe/conduit? That's really bad. What marina? Not Milford Landing; I have been there and I found it to be a class act, especially for a municipally-owned marina.
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Maybe this way no one steals the lines. Seriously, I bought my prior O'Day at Milford Boat Works and thought they were a pretty class act; I don't remember anything unusual about the docks, but its about 8 years since I was there. Were there pilings you were expected to use?
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Maybe this way no one steals the lines. Seriously, I bought my prior O'Day at Milford Boat Works and thought they were a pretty class act; I don't remember anything unusual about the docks, but its about 8 years since I was there. Were there pilings you were expected to use?

Yes some pilings, but most boats even very large boats were tied up to the rings.
Must work as it looks like it has been that way for a long time. Just defies logic as to how it could possibly work.
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Well, obviously it works...... until it doesn't...... "I hope the front doesn't fall off", LOLOL
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WOW! What the f&*%, over? I have seen "rings" at a few marinas before, however they were definitely better attached to the dock better than four little screws. And, I don't think I'd trust my boat to some marina's dock-line that had been there for God knows how long. The good news is that marina must not see any winds or current if the system has lasted long enough for the ring to rust. I think if I was docked there, I'd have a pretty good collection of rusted rings with dock-lines attached in no time at all.

This past weekend, I successfully pulled out one of the marina's dock cleats. I'd returned to my slip and was running my 20hp inboard diesel to blow the silt out since it was low tide. Suddenly, my boat shifted slightly and the spring line went slack. The cleat and the 2X6 it was attached to were dangling from the end of the line. The beam supporting the 2X6 had rotted the two inches the cleat's lag screws had penetrated. So, I'm not sure which is worse...an old dock-line with rusted ring which is attached by four little screws, or a cleat that looks good on the surface but is really only attached by two lag screws that penetrate two inches into rotting wood? Just a thought...
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Well, obviously it works...... until it doesn't...... "I hope the front doesn't fall off", LOLOL
"I just want to make it clear that it's not normal at all"....;-)
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Milford Marina

I bought my first boat there also this past May. The docks are floating, I believe and they are a mile or so up the river where it seems protected. The entrance to the river is a narrow stone lined channel and it ends not far up from the Marina (at least it gets a lot shallower and smaller).

But for a new boat owner I was confused as to how I should tie the boat off. Most of the boats had finger piers, although they had the same ring arrangements. My boat was just tied off along the main dock.



Other boats were tied up the same way.




The boat was there for several weeks and I was nervous about leaving it like that but it was fine. The Marina people said they would keep an eye on it, and they did, as I was coming up from NJ while I made arrangements to move the boat to NC. Eventually we moved the boat to a spot where I could at least tie a couple of spring lines along with the bow and stern lines.



The boat went through some heavy thunderstorms and rain while there, but it was fine.
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