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For those without mid ship lines, the base of the shrouds will also work. For those who think that the load is too much, think about the load close hauled with a strong wind.
Yes, the loads are less, but the load direction is different (lateral vs. vertical). I think most Riggers would say that using the shrouds to tie off to is bad form. Not as bad as tying off to lifeline stanchions by a long shot! But still... not good.
I use horizontally mounted fenders on my dock and highly recommend them. The only downside is that when I approach guest docks, I sometimes forget to deploy fenders because I'm not used to thinking about them! Keep an eye out for fenders. You'll find them lying (or floating) around. After all, their on the side of the dock. They don't have to be pretty, just stout!
Last edited by L124C; 11-04-2010 at 02:09 AM.