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Technique for Tying Boat to Dock in Surgy Conditions?
During certain times of the month we get "surgy" (sp?) conditions in the marina. Nothing really bad, but the slackly tied boats do get moving and then jerk on their mooring lines and cleats, and bang their fenders into the dock, and generally really work. The snugly tied boats just seem to sit there, snug against their fenders against the dock, they never have a chance to get moving. The nice new docks float. For whatever reason, literally nobody in the marina uses rubber snubbers built or tied into their dock lines.
The slackers say it is better to leave things loose and let the boats move, the snuggers say why let the mass build up momentum and then jerk stuff.
Which technique is more seamanshiplike? There is a case of beer riding on the consensus opinion. This isn't about where to run your bow or spring lines, for instance, but more about slack or snug.