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We use our old spinnaker sheets to tie up when we go in to a dock. They're about 2x boat length, so the bow & stern lines can be cleated off to the dock and then come back to the boat as a spring line. In a slip they're long enough to be cleated in the middle on board and then led off P&S to the fingers. We're moored or anchored most of the time, so don't worry much about them.
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We have 6 ea. 1/2” color-coded dock lines of different lengths
This has been a great suggestion. Everyone I've mentioned it to says it's a terrific idea.

However, the 4 marine stores here have it in only 1 colour each, 2 colours overall: black and v dark blue that looks black. The Dark blue visiting 10% more.
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Length of the long ones gradually increasing After @paulk s post I think they will each be 100 metres long...

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This has been a great suggestion. Everyone I've mentioned it to says it's a terrific idea.

However, the 4 marine stores here have it in only 1 colour each, 2 colours overall: black and v dark blue that looks black. The Dark blue visiting 10% more.
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Length of the long ones gradually increasing After @paulk s post I think they will each be 100 metres long...
Can you order from Defender? They might have the colors/thickness and lengths you want. You can also have the loops made up... but colors are mostly in braided line.

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This has been a great suggestion. Everyone I've mentioned it to says it's a terrific idea.
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We leave the color-coded docklines on the dock: the spliced loops go on the boat and the bitter ends are cleated on the dock, once the correct length is determined. They stay there for the season.

Our normal approach to the dock is to back down at an angle to the dock, using the dock wheel as a fender. Draped on the dock wheel is the blue spring line, ready to be picked up with a boat hook and looped over the midship cleat. This is the important line, as we are backing into the (normally) leeward side of the dock in shallow water with the keel and rudder retracted.

We then pick up the bow lines, hooking at least one of them to the appropriate bow cleat. (Red-port, green-starboard). As the boat backs down against the dock, the bow lines(s) allow the boat to settle in parallel to the dock. Then we secure the white stern lines (not shown).

The important part is attending to the spring and at least one of the bow lines. By using the color coding, we can instruct unfamiliar crew with what goes where.

It helps to get it right the first time, as boat is not very maneuverable with the “landing gear” retracted and the muddy bottom comes up within a boat length from the docked position. If you don’t spring the boat promptly, the rudder will dig into the mud at low tide and keep the boat from swinging against the dock.
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We leave the color-coded docklines on the dock: the spliced loops go on the boat and the bitter ends are cleated on the dock, once the correct length is determined. They stay there for the season.

Our normal approach to the dock is to back down at an angle to the dock, using the dock wheel as a fender. Draped on the dock wheel is the blue spring line, ready to be picked up with a boat hook and looped over the midship cleat. This is the important line, as we are backing into the (normally) leeward side of the dock in shallow water with the keel and rudder retracted.

We then pick up the bow lines, hooking at least one of them to the appropriate bow cleat. (Red-port, green-starboard). As the boat backs down against the dock, the bow lines(s) allow the boat to settle in parallel to the dock. Then we secure the white stern lines (not shown).

The important part is attending to the spring and at least one of the bow lines. By using the color coding, we can instruct unfamiliar crew with what goes where.

It helps to get it right the first time, as boat is not very maneuverable with the “landing gear” retracted and the muddy bottom comes up within a boat length from the docked position. If you don’t spring the boat promptly, the rudder will dig into the mud at low tide and keep the boat from swinging against the dock.
Like the wheel idea.....Ron, where are the sails🙀🙀🙀
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Like the wheel idea.....Ron, where are the sails🙀🙀🙀
It’s Fred, not Ron. The sails were removed before taking the boat to the marina for seasonal haul-out. The thumbnail was taken in October 2018.
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It’s Fred, not Ron. The sails were removed before taking the boat to the marina for seasonal haul-out. The thumbnail was taken in October 2018.
Sorry Fred......not sure where I came up with Ron
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Clever but might be a little wimpy... and require the board spacing and construction to permit insertion... AND they seem to take longer to untie when you are casting off... especially when under tension...

Yeah, looks clever. Probably OK for a dinghy. But I would not want to hang my boat on the nails that keep the dock boards down. Actually, they are not even good at keeping the boards 'down.' There are some low-lying docks in my marina where the water gets over the dock boards occasionally during spring tides, and it is not unheard of that boards are dislodged by the rising water.
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I cant imagine a dock owner wanting that used
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