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Just to throw in a wrinkle.

I do not like eye splices in a dock line. The line should be belayed so that it can be adjusted from onboard. Or in the oft chance that the boat adjacent to you in the slip catches fire, you can cast off without getting on the dock.

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We cleat the bow using the eye splice - then to a dock cleat as normal then take the bitter end back to the boat's center cleat and snug it up as a spring line. Same procedure for the stern line. Two lines serve the purpose of carrying four - though perhaps the same amount of material.

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Does that not make springing off more difficult? In order to spring off, you need to be able to leave a spring line attached after the breast lines have been removed.

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