I suggest going with the 5/8" New England 3 strand Nylon. I just went through this last year and ended up finding that at the time SailNet had the best price on New England rope when purchased in bulk. I agree with several points that were above and disagree with others.
I disagree with using Dacron line
in Florida as it is much more prone to UV degrading. That said Rich H is correct that dacron is more chafe resistant. One quick chafe gear approach is to buy a couple yards of dacron braided line
one or two sizes larger than the three strand line
. Remove the core and thread that over the nylon three strand at chafe areas. Pull the ends of the dacron cover and stitch it to the three strand.It works as well parceling but does not separate at a point of chafe as parceling will sometimes do on modern line
. (By the way I also do this in my halyards to improve grip in the rope clutches and minimize wear. I go through several covers before the halyard is worn out.)
-I like to use splices on the boat but clove hitches with several extra bights and a double half hitch on the piling to reduce chafe on the piling and to allow me to adjust the line quickly.
- I set the boat''s docklines for "normal conditions" and mark the lines with a laundry pen, and also have a setting for storm conditions that is marked with a laundry pen. It makes switching gears much easier and quicker. My spare lines are similarly marked but only for storm conditions. I double my lines when a ''big one'' is expected and as suggested have one line tighter than the other so there is a reserve line should one part.
-Don''t be afraid to make your lines a little longer than you think you need.
That''s about it.