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Chocks on the bow

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So, are chocks on the bow of a boat:

1. To guide a mooring line from an inboard cleat as cleanly as possible in order to cut down on chafe.
2. A shock absorber to protect an inboard cleat, an essential part of any mooring system
3. Another point to chafe through a mooring line because the boat designer/builder couldn't figure out, or couldn't be bothered, to put a cleat on a rail
4. Something that could, and should be eliminated by putting a cleat on the rail instead.

Answers on a postcard. Or here.
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I vote 1, 3 and 4. The J/24s at my sailing club have the chocks, and they're more trouble than they're worth. We, in fact, tell people not to use them, and just run the lines around the forecastle. Some larger boats (e.g. Oceanis 50) just have a couple cleats, and I can confirm that they work great for moorings.
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