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I'm not sure about how much wind you are thinking ?
My 30 feet Catalina is on a floating dock, 60 feet long, with 4 wood piles
drilled into the rocky bottom (Florida).
Looks quite sturdy. I have 4 fenders horizontally on the dock edge and 3-4 hanging from the boat, to give it enough compression material for "bumping"
So far I haven't seen much banging during the storms the last months,
but I have several feet chain and 3 anchors that I intend to use to keep the boat a few feet OFF the dock if we get severe !! weather (meaning hurricanelike winds).
I have some pictures, but as said, it's just a "normal" sturdy floating dock.
I have neighbours around with fixed docks (attached to their seewalls) with sailboats. But they keep them on loose lines (tides) with a lot of fenders.
We have as well some smaller sailboats on wips, keeping them off.
So I think it all comes down to the amount of wind you want to handle before getting the boat out of the water anyway.
Good luck with your plan