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I was looking at the marine classified ads and came across some ads for boat slips when the thought occoured to me: How do you determine what the "correct" size of slip for a given boat? At first this sounds silly, but think about clearances for docking, fenders, line play, etc. Too large a slip and you may be paying unnecessary fees (or be a champion long jumper to embark/disembark :) ), too small and you could damage your boat. So what is the minimum size slip you would need for a given boat? What if your docked at a quay wall; then how much space should be left between the "parallel parked" boats?

Obviously a 40ft LOA by 12ft beam boat will not fit in a 40x12 space, and will most likely need more "wiggle" room than say a 22ft boat. So how do you gauge the amount of leeway you should around the boat at dock? Is there some sort of LOA/Beam to Slip size ratio that marinas use to determine this?
 
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