I'm new to the whole sailing thing and I'm not quite sure I've got the dock lines
figured out. I have two spring lines
, two stern lines
(crossed; I'm parked stern-to), and a bow line
. I do not have snubbers, though I'm considering getting some. Very few of the boats in my marina have snubbers.
I think the lines stretched some over the winter. The boat seemed to be moving around in the slip a lot more than it did in the fall. I didn't like the feeling of it slamming against the limit of one of the lines or smashing into a fender
. I figured smaller movement = less force, so I tightened up the lines. Now the movement is somewhat better, but I get the impression it is unhappy. It makes a lot more creaking noises. I wonder if the tighter lines are putting more stress on the hull? Perhaps it's trying to heel in the wind (the plastic wrap is still on), and the lines/fenders won't let it?
How tight should dock lines be? How much motion in the slip is the right amount? Is it more stress on the hull/cleats to have it moving around or sitting still unable to move? Thanks.