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Piling Spacing

My dock currently has two pilings, not attached to the dock, 12' away that form a spot to tie a boat up. Does anyone have any opinion on whether or not that is enough space for a boat with an 8' beam? The tide changes about 3' throughout the day.

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Re: Piling Spacing

I am ssuming they are paralllel to the dock space ( how many feet apart. Plenty of room for a boot with an 8 foot beam in fact it is generous.

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Re: Piling Spacing

Sure , if you leave 3 ft of slack in line boat can go up and down 6 ft. ... Dale
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Re: Piling Spacing

The reference to your beam makes me think these pilings are 12 ft away from the broad side of the slip, to which you would tie lines that would theoretically hold you off the dock. Is this correct?

If so, given roughly a foot for your fenders, there may only be 3 ft of clearance left, or 18 inches to each side as you land. The slack and/or angle left would not really have them doing much. Also, it must be a tight squeeze to get in and out in a crosswind. I've certainly had neighbors that close before, I would rather have pilings.

Perhaps your dock is to your bow or stern and there is no side slip, with the pilings 12 feet off of that to each side of your beam, or the side slip is too short and these effectively extend it usefulness. If so, I would back in so that you can put appropriate slack in the bow lines that are tied to the pilings. The narrow bow would have more room to move side to side when taking up the slack.

Of course, if you want to get fancy, you can have a custom line made with rollers that will travel up and down the piling and you could, therefore, snug them down better.

I'm probably overthinking it. Can you draw a diagram of your slip?
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Re: Piling Spacing

I would agree that 3-4 feet of extra room should be enough to tie up with that tidal range but would make a suggestion that you cross the stern lines across the transom to better accommodate the rise and fall.
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