Wear and tear on the lines isn't the only reason to check frequently. The last time I visited my boat I noticed two things right away: my neighbor had vacated his slip, and my boat seemed much closer to the finger dock than I remembered leaving the lines. A closer investigation showed that when he removed his line and mine (the slips share dock cleats, and my line was on top of his), he retied mine with what looked like a series of half hitches. No cleat hitch, just a loop around the cleat and a few overhand knots in the line.
Needless to say, the knots had slipped and my boat was within six inches of reaching the finger dock on the other side. I muttered a few choice words and retied the line, and there was no damage done.
Still, in all the conversations I'd had with him over the summer, I'd have sworn he was a better sailor that that, to leave my dockline in such a condition. I get nervous if I can't check on my boat once a week; I can't imagine leaving her for a month at a time.
S/V Free Spirit
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