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Location: Swarthmore, PA
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Re: Docking questions
Jeff_H's suggestion is a good one. I had considered that, but it did not work for me because I have stanchions in the way would that prevent a carabiner from moving along the low stretch line. I could have run that line along the outside of the stanchion, but that would create a tripping hazard on my boat, since the midships cleat is on the cabin top (no side decks) and the line would be a few inches above the gunwale. Maybe it will work better for your boat since you have nice wide, low side decks.
But if not, my alternative was to have a lazy tail on my spring line. Basically the loop is a cow hitch in the middle of the line, which leaves lots of tail. If I ever "miss" getting the loop over the midships cleat and the boat is still reversing toward the dock, I can quickly wrap my lazy tail around my winch (which is right next to the midship cleat) to quickly stop the boat. Once the boat is stopped and the motor in neutral, I can pull the boat forward to get the loop over the cleat, or if wind and current are too strong to do it by hand, I'll just winch the line in to get the loop to the cleat.
Rick S., Swarthmore, PA
USCG Certified Captain, OUPV and 50 Ton Master
ASA Certified 101/103/104/105/106
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2001 Catalina 34MkII Tall Rig Wing Keel Breakin' Away, Universal Diesel M35B, Mantus 35 lb. anchor, sailing out of Rock Hall Landing Marina