the full width of the slip and to give you a
clear picture that separates your slip from
your neighbor’s. On days when wind and
current don’t cooperate when backing in,
the crew can grab these lines and encourage the boat into its proper alignment. The
lines also help to keep the boat from getting pushed at an angle that might result
in contact with the boat in the next slip.
Polypropylene line is a good choice for this
purpose as it floats, and it’s cheap so you
won’t mind replacing it every few seasons
when it degrades from UV exposure.
If the slip has pilings forward and aft,
the slip width is easy to define and mark.
If the bow lines are ordinarily secured to
cleats on the dock rather than to pilings, it
may be necessary to tie the line around one
of the deck planks or place an additional
cleat on the dock, if the marina allows this.
When the boat is tied in a slip, it
moves around with every wind shift and
wake roll; abrupt jerks are common when
the line is pulled as far as it can go. To
minimize the jerking and the accompanying wear on lines and cleats, attach a line
snubber to each dock line. Snubbers are
made of a material capable of stretching
enough to absorb the shock of a quick
stop. With the familiar black rubber ones,
the dock line feeds through an eye on one
end of the snubber, then wraps around the
snubber a few times before leading through
the eye at the other end.
TideMinders and TideSlides are helpful additions to dock line assists, definitely a “wish I’d thought of that” idea
that allows dock lines to move up or down
the pilings as the boat floats with the tide.
With either system, there’s no need to
Line snubbers absorb the shock of a quick stop as
the boat shifts with wind or current.
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