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Attach docklines to Pilings
I have what I am sure is a question that’s been on here before, but after a search, I just couldn’t find it. I apologize for how simple this question is. I will be moving my sailboat to a marina in a couple of days. Most of the folks there have their boats attached to the piers and pilings (I think that's the term: if not, you probably know what I mean) in the way you would expect: by dock lines. I will be attaching bow lines both starboard and port, two criss-crossing stern lines, and a couple of spring lines. There is nothing particularly difficult about the stern lines or spring lines. However, I am trying to figure out how to permanently attach the dock lines to the pilings. My objective is to attach all the lines in such a way that even if the bow lines are taut, the stern won’t hit the dock, and if the stern lines are taut, the bow isn’t jutting into the channel. But, how can I easily attach the lines to the pilings? There is a one foot loop on the dock line which certainly isn’t large enough or secure enough to attach to the column. I could try to throw a lasso over the column using the bitter end of the line, then use the loop to attach to a deck cleat on the boat, which seems right, but I wonder how easily it will be able to tie it securely on one side and then the other side of the bow.
As I said, I know this is elementary, but I had to ask somewhere….
Thanks for all your help, (and a minimum of snickering).