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02-08-2008 12:58 PM
sailingdog Even if you're on a non-floating dock, 14' should be plenty of room for a boat only 9.1' wide... I'd also highly recommend using a fender board to help the fenders keep the boat off the dock and pilings.
02-08-2008 12:29 PM
Joel73 Thanks for helping me put things into perspective... lots of good info in the responses. I think i will leave it the way it is. I should clarify about the tides though. It's not a typical high and low tide (Lunar.) It's the wind (especially from the NE) that pushes the water in and out so the average range is between 1-3 feet usually no more than 2' though. If a storm comes through then i'll move it to the mooring.

Here are a couple pictures... although not the best since i'm working with what i've got here at the moment.

And... the drawing i'm faxing to the people doing the work:
02-08-2008 11:26 AM
Valiente 12 feet would be plenty. Again, the tidal aspect might affect this, as I suspect if you are moored to pilings, there has to be a method to deal with going up and down!
02-08-2008 10:30 AM
blt2ski I'm glad I do not have to deal with pilings, escept at the end of the finger pier! With max 12-14' tides, trying to figure out the correct length lines etc would NOT be fun. Kinda nice to just reasonably tighten the lines to cleats on finger pier, and boat goes up and down with the tide and pier!

If tied to a piling, I would think wider the better if you have much tide change.

02-08-2008 10:05 AM
chucklesR 1.5 ft tide here, 14ft beam in a 18 ft slip. Works out perfectly - but I'm on the end of the pier and can 'pull through' - no backing on entry or exit. 14ft width on your 9ft beam should be plenty - cross your docking lines if you want more play for the tide (right side piling to left side cleat etc..) gives more length to the line and still keeps it off the piling.
02-08-2008 09:50 AM
Originally Posted by sailortjk1 View Post
Did you see the photo of Alex and his dock neighbor in the "Neighbor from Hell" thread? They can step from boat to boat.
sailortjk, Alex's slip is in Portugal (if I am not mistaken), so they have the typical European style slips...real tight, just like you said, you can step from one boat tot he next.
02-08-2008 09:46 AM
xtatico1404 14' wide slip with a 9.1' beam, I would call that plenty of space, not tight at all. IMHO, an absolute minimum of 1' to each side, preferrably between 1.5'-2'. I used to be on a really tight slip, with about 0.5' on each side, and we had to wrestle with the boat in order to put fenders on both sides, plus the fender on the side with the pilying kept slipping off. Now moved to one that is perfect with about 2' on each side.

Too big of a slip can also be problematic. You have to keep the lines tight, especially the spring lines, if there is wind or the boat will be constantly moving a lot.
02-08-2008 09:00 AM
sailortjk1 No tides in my area, but we have a 15' slip with 12'6" beam.
I would think you should have plenty of room, I would leave it as is.

maybe i should keep the slip tight.
I would not consider 2.5' on either side tight.
You are very fortunate to have that much room.
Most marinas try and pack 'em in as close as possible so that they can get more slips in.

Did you see the photo of Alex and his dock neighbor in the "Neighbor from Hell" thread? They can step from boat to boat.
02-08-2008 06:00 AM
jackytdunaway Are you in a tidal area with out a floating pier to tie to? That's what I seem to remember. Do you have a way for the lines to ride up and down the pylons? Is that why you might need the slack?
02-08-2008 05:38 AM
PBzeer A lot depends on the future use of the slip. You can do it just to fit the boat you have, or for other boats as well.
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