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Re: New to using a slip

I have the outboard idling in reverse and I take the two bow lines off and throw them on the fore deck, later they go in the anchor locker. Then I get on the boat and throw the motor in neutral and unhook the two stern lines and back out and later stow those in the portside seat locker.
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Re: New to using a slip

I went from a 25ft To 32.7 so I hear ya...

I have two full sets of lines.

I keep all my lines, hoses and power in place as I
personally feel its a lot of work to set each time ( and I often find myself docking
a lone).

It also lets people know my slip is not available, as its never fun
to return to your slip and find a boat in it as my slip is downtown.

I have my travel set in a duffle bag

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Re: New to using a slip

I undo all the lines on one side, and the springlines on the other, leave them on the dock.

Then when ready to leave, I can release the two remaining bow and stern lines.

Then I rotate the boat in the slip so as to anticipate the reverse prop walk. Jump on, put it in reverse. The boat will straighten up as the prop walk kicks in, put her in neutral when backing straight out.
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Re: New to using a slip

Presumably, your marina is okay with you leaving lines, if you see others doing so. It's rare, but some don't like it.

It's common for marinas to rent your slip to a transient, if you will be gone overnight. Transients are not supposed to use your lines. I do leave mine, but recognize they probably will, if I'm not there. Not a big deal. This bigger issue, whether they use them or not, is they won't really be where I left them. Sometimes, they even try to put them back where they found them and, because they look right, it takes a min or two to figure out why they are short by a foot, here and there. Worse, if you rely on a spring line to keep you from hitting something and they tie it long! For day trips, they are always where I left them and big advantage.
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Re: New to using a slip

Same here, I leave all my lines at the slip, I have a spare set on the boat.
The line that gets grabbed first (since I back in...) is a bow line, after a couple of years trying to say the port or the starboard side, I finally got one green, one white...now I say "grab the green" or "grab the white" depending on wich way the wind blows.
The second line that gets grabbed is a spring line, the eye just gets dropped on the stern cleat, it stops the boat from backing into the dock. at that point a boat hook gets all the other lines from posts to boat.
All my lines end up with eye on cleat. just makes it easy and fast to tie, untie. Harder to set up, but well worth the effort.
On my slip, there are 6 posts.
2 at each end, and 2 at the beam.
On my boat there are no midship cleats just 2 bow and 2 stern cleats.
The springs run from the beam posts to the bow cleats and also to the stern cleats, the stern lines cross behind the stern, the bow lines go to the 2 outermost posts.
to bring the boat to load/unload, I take one of the sternlines and put it on the otherside, then I can bring the boat in to close the gap.
Very effective, clean and easy to use.
of course shaffing gear is a must, the lines will always rub in the exact same spot.
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Re: New to using a slip

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It's common for marinas to rent your slip to a transient, if you will be gone overnight. Transients are not supposed to use your lines. I do leave mine, but recognize they probably will, if I'm not there. ...
If we're leaving for an extended weekend or longer over a holiday I usually let our marina know the slip will be empty and we take our lines. We have multiple sets of lines but I'd rather not take the chance that someone may decide they like ours.

We also stopped leaving our hose at the dock even when the boat is in the slip. For some reason someone decided they liked our cheap hardware store nozzle and took it. They replaced it with one that leaked. There's plenty of room in the cockpit locker so we just drop it in there when we're done.
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Re: New to using a slip

I take my lines and power cords with me. My marina will rent my slip to a transient and things do disappear occasionally. My hose I have torqued down so tight that a would be thief would need tools to remove it. The next guy's hose is much easier to steel. My hose nozzle is $1.99 so not worth worrying about. I have had one disappear but at $1.99/ea I keep a few spares in the dock box.

Power cords have disappeared from neighbors slips.
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Re: New to using a slip

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If we're leaving for an extended weekend or longer over a holiday I usually let our marina know the slip will be empty and we take our lines. We have multiple sets of lines but I'd rather not take the chance that someone may decide they like ours.

We also stopped leaving our hose at the dock even when the boat is in the slip. For some reason someone decided they liked our cheap hardware store nozzle and took it. They replaced it with one that leaked. There's plenty of room in the cockpit locker so we just drop it in there when we're done.
I am in a Private Gated Marina Downtown - I have my grill, dockbox and lines, electrical run to my boat. You have to enter a KeyCode just to get on and off the dock, buildinigs, and Parking. There is no tansient or rental of any slips by our maina.

BUT adjacent to the concerts downtown & have had boaters pull into our
Marina, docked and leave. They come back to the boat being towed but still!

This SETUP works for me - Maybe not everyone else. I Sail often by myself or with my kids and it makes docking much easier with a new bigger boat and sailing daily.
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Re: New to using a slip

At our marina almost all boats leave their lines. Most set their lines to the length needed so they just drop the loop over the boat cleats when they return. Transients use empty slips signified by no lines hanging off the pilings.
Even thought the Admiral is on board, leaving and docking is done single handed so leaving the lines and having them pre set to length works best for me.
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Re: New to using a slip

I leave mine on the pilings, but I have lots more of them. I have two main reasons.

1. It's a lot more trouble to tie up when you have to attach lines to the pilings when you come back in.

2. My slip is near a public restaurant, and the tradition here has always been its okay with the harbor master to tie up in an unused slip near the restaurant to grab something to eat. I'd hate to come back from a sail and find someone in my slip. People know not to use one with lines hanging from the pilings.
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