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Old 11-04-2010
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Originally Posted by WanderingStar View Post
I suppose If I put a really big eye in it I might be able to drop the line over the cleat on the floating dock. But I'd have to lie on deck to reach down to it with a normal eye. And the tops of the pilings are well above my head most of the time (7' tides). Somebody has to be on the dock, and it's me.
I'm not sure if I'm following your concern. When trying to catch a cleat from the boat, we don't try to get the eye over it. We use a line that is long enough to have one end tied to a cleat on the boat, run to the cleat on the dock and then back to the boat. By holding the bitter end of the line, we throw the entire line behind whatever we are hoping to catch. By pulling on the bitter end, it cinches up on the cleat, bollard, piling, whatever is in its way. Once at the right length we then tie the bitter end to the boat as well. Its temporary, but works very easily.
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Another useful ploy if its your home mooring is to run a line hanging between the pilings you come along side to.
Have a line attached to boat which you can then clip onto hanging line using a snap link type clip.
You are then at least attached to something whilst you secure your main warps.
Always leave mooring warps hanging down from jetty/harbour wall-if need be slightly weight them so they keep to the side and are not floating in way of prop/other boats
I used to moor onto a jetty with cross currents running and a total tidal range of about 20 feet although about 10 feet where the jetty pointed at right angles to the tidal river chanel.
There is no doubt that if you get to know how your boat behaves under power you can do almost anything.
Although I am no expert I once "parked" my boat along side a floating pontoon with one boat in front and another behind.
One word of warning a few years ago I saw a boat in a yard for repair.
It was a new build 50 plus foot timber yacht-stainless port lights and paint you could see yourself in.
It had clearly run in towards a floating jetty/finger jetty and not stopped in time.
Result it had "shivered its timbers"-there was a wedge shape piece missing out of the stem just above the water line and you could see the line of every piece of planking for about 10 feet where the seams had opened.
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I guess the moral would be not to run into the dock? I believe in that!!!
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and as the saying goes: always approach the dock at the speed you want to ram it
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