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fenders between the boat and the dock, then
tension up the lines. For heavier weather and
longer stays, add a second springline in the
opposite direction of the first.
TYING UP IN A SLIP
Tying up in a slip typically works best with
four docklines: two bow lines, and two stern
lines (Figure C). As for leaving room for
the water to move up and down, the same
caveats still apply. Try to avoid breast lines.
Instead, run your bow lines forward a bit and
cross your stern lines. This way, all the lines
are working together to limit motion forward,
aft, and side to side. If your boat is over 35
feet or you expect lots of wind or current,
add a set of spring lines.
Tim Murphy is an independent writer and editor based in Rhode Island. He is the coauthor of
Fundamentals of Marine Service Technology.