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I like that several people said something like "All the loops go onto the neighboring boat" I'd love to see two of you trying to raft up! hehe

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How many times have you come into a strange marina and toss a line to the professional staff and see then put a line through the hole? Never I'll bet. Figure 8 both ends and you can release quickly with minimum effort if necessary. Only time I ever consider using the hole is when I'm at a base marina and will be leaving the boat for some time unattended.

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How many times have you come into a strange marina and toss a line to the professional staff and see then put a line through the hole? Never I'll bet. Figure 8 both ends and you can release quickly with minimum effort if necessary. Only time I ever consider using the hole is when I'm at a base marina and will be leaving the boat for some time unattended.

That makes a lot of sense but why then are all packaged docklines sold with a loop (oops eye) in the end.

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Actually that was my first answer too.
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so... does anyone else have two sets of dock lines?

One for the home berth that has loops on both ends and is sized to correctly position the boat in her home berth on the cleats there, and another set with loops for the boat cleats (they don't change no matter where you are) and a bitter end that can be figure eighted and locked down with a final reverse set on what ever dock you are visiting.

Maybe this is just something I learned from Grandpa...

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I have two sets of lines ! (and a few more emergency spares )
I keep the stern and forward spring line connected to the dock, and the bow line comes with me, secured to the pulpit..

When I approach the dock, my first plan of action is to pick up the stern line, and drop it over the stern cleat, then continue forward until someone can get onto the dock and tie up the bow line, then slip the spring over a winch..

Worst case scenario (last night) I can't catch the stern line, and start drifting towards Jerry's boat, and start the "I'M GOING TO BAIL OUT IN 10-9-8-7-6 etc." countdown.. at which point the admiral is pointing away from or towards the dock...

Bailed out once last night.. did a "iron genny gibe" and caught the bow on the second try, grabbed the spring, and moved her into place..

Can't wait to see how this pans out on a 30+ boat !!


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That makes a lot of sense but why then are all packaged docklines sold with a loop (oops eye) in the end.
So they can charge more. I buy my docklines off a spool by the foot.

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