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Re: Docklines - How long should they be?

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I recall one time tied up on Tangier Island in the Chesapeake, Milton Parks looked at my three strand with contempt. "A waterman would never use that", said he.
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Only think would be to get some of the lines in a different colour to clearly identify lengths as someone suggested.

Or thats what Im thinking now ....

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If you only get two short ones you might not have enough lines to tie up in a 4 piling slip.
I wish the colored line was cheap enough to do this in my sizes. Great idea, though.
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Re: Docklines - How long should they be?

sorry but i am still laughing at safety equipment, ie, cleats, being too heavy..hahahahaha sorry but...cleats aint 1000 pounds which is your gonna affect your boat weight.
dang cannot stop laughing.....


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Re: Docklines - How long should they be?

Just tape the ends differentlt...red, 2 stripes, etc
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Re: Docklines - How long should they be?

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I would say for spring lines at least the boat length and for bow and stern lines a bit less.

However, because I spend a lot of time in locks and canals, I would have a couple of long lengths of floating line like poly pro, maybe 100 ft or so. Doesn't need to be as strong as your primary mooring lines, but it can come in handy for screwed up mooring situations like spider webs and tieing off to trees or whatever comes up.
I had ¼" polypro hold the stern of a 32-ton boat in a beam on squall when Med-moored in Papeete. Absolutely amazing stuff and boy did it s t r e t c h. However, it does not hold up well in the sun.
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sorry but i am still laughing at safety equipment, ie, cleats, being too heavy..hahahahaha sorry but...cleats aint 1000 pounds which is your gonna affect your boat weight.
dang cannot stop laughing.....
I am glad you like that line about cleats weighing too much since it was typed with tongue firmly planted in cheek (to mix metaphors).

Years ago I was walking down a dock on race day. Walking down the dock right in front of me was one of the fastest skippers in the fleet and his new crewman. All of a sudden the skipper stopped in his tracks and said, "Socks, you're wearing socks? Do you know how much socks weigh?"

(my guess is that socks weigh less than cleats, but that's another story for another day.)

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I am glad you like that line about cleats weighing too much since it was typed with tongue firmly planted in cheek (to mix metaphors). Years ago I was walking down a dock on race day. Walking down the dock right in front of me was one of the fastest skippers in the fleet and his new crewman. All of a sudden the skipper stopped in his tracks and said, "Socks, you're wearing socks? Do you know how much socks weigh?"

(my guess is that they weigh less than cleats, but that's another story.)

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at first i was mortified, then i twisted it to favor us with tongues in cheeks... whew.. glad you were being humorous as i HAD to laugh.


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Years ago I was walking down a dock on race day. Walking down the dock right in front of me was one of the fastest skippers in the fleet and his new crewman. All of a sudden the skipper stopped in his tracks and said, "Socks, you're wearing socks? Do you know how much socks weigh?"



But presumably the crew was wearing the socks so they would be part of the movable ballast and thus a plus, no?

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Re: Docklines - How long should they be?

I wrap a piece of sailtape around the bitter end of each dockline, like whipping, and write the length on it. Easy to identify, while hanging from the line rack.


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Re: Docklines - How long should they be?

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However, it does not hold up well in the sun.
Agreed, was not sure if Mark was playing in the locks in Europe or not.

I meant to suggest polypro for the extra long canal lines only.

Around these parts we get lock lifts in the 50 ft neighborhood, the lock staff may just drop the canal lines over the edge, which can put 70-100 ft of line in the water with your prop. It seems there is less of a risk of prop entanglement with floating line. Also, floating line is nice for rowing ashore if you like to tie up to trees.

But yes Nylon or Polyester for primary every day mooring lines.
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