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Old 04-28-2011
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Too loose is better than too tight in most too tight situation comes to mind... NO seriously, you want some wiggle room. No seriously, It really depends- floating dock? big tide? Tying to pilings? I try to keep the stinkley just perfect in her berth, not rubbing too much on the fenders. I am dealing with a 5-6' tide here in chucktown.
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I'm at a lake so I don't have tides or big waves to worry about. I've kept mine on the tight side with just a little bit of wiggle room. The lines aren't constantly pulling but there isn't enough room to get momentum and hit the end of the line. I have fenders out but the lines aren't long enough to let it rub against the docks, so they shouldn't be needed. Winds have been kind of bad lately with 50 mph gusts and she's been through a few storms of 80 mph winds and is fine so far *touch wood*.
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Originally Posted by rmeador View Post
Thanks for the info. I think "a tad loose" describes the situation I left the boat in this morning... I loosened up the bow line about 6" from the tight position it was in last night that was causing the creaking. I didn't stick around to see if it stopped creaking, but it seemed better. My dock lines are 3/4" double braid nylon, AFAICT. I have chafe guards on them at the places where they chafe, and I inspect them regularly.
I seem to have same dock lines as you (3/4 inch double braid). I know mine are way oversized for my boat but I wanted that to allow for some chaf wear and still have a strong line. With my dock lines being so over sized, I do not think they stretch much. I think it is important to have the snubbers on because of this. Without snubbers I think I would have ripped my cleats off by now.
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My slip is pretty far in so I can have my lines with just a bit of slack. I got on the list at the marina and after a few years got a more protected slip. Annother solution are the rubber snubbers you put on the lines. Whitecap makes them. I haven't used them but they look ok.
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