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I keep mine just a tad loose. That way there isn't a constant tension/stress on the deck hardware, and when the boat does move around it can't get going very fast before the lines arrest its momentum. Dock lines should be a bit stretchy (e.g., three-strand nylon, or some-such) to minimize the shock-loading on them and the hardware, and snubbers will further help. Perhaps most importantly, dock lines should be hefty enough, and inspected often enough, to minimize the chance of failure.
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