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Best dock line handler

Posted: Wed Aug 13, 2014 5:51 am
by wbpenney

Re: Best dock line handler

Posted: Wed Aug 13, 2014 8:25 am
by Wind Chime

Re: Best dock line handler

Posted: Wed Aug 13, 2014 9:53 am
by Russ
Every time I walk down my dock to my slip I am irritated to see $80k boats with docklines wraped around cleats in the most idiotic fashion. My guess is 5% of the boats actually know how to cleat a line.

Re: Best dock line handler

Posted: Wed Aug 13, 2014 3:30 pm
by yukonbob
Or just tied on with a mess of knots, cause when it goes it's heading for someone elses boat and then it becomes your prolem as well. :x

Re: Best dock line handler

Posted: Wed Aug 13, 2014 4:20 pm
by Russ
yukonbob wrote:Or just tied on with a mess of knots, cause when it goes it's heading for someone elses boat and then it becomes your prolem as well. :x
Yep. If I see something really messed up I'll fix it. Admiral keeps asking why I mess with other people's lines. "For their own good"

Re: Best dock line handler

Posted: Wed Aug 13, 2014 4:42 pm
by Tomfoolery
yukonbob wrote:Or just tied on with a mess of knots, cause when it goes it's heading for someone elses boat and then it becomes your prolem as well. :x
"If you can't tie a knot, tie a lot." :P :D

Re: Best dock line handler

Posted: Wed Aug 13, 2014 5:50 pm
by mastreb
A lot of the boats at Marinas in San Diego leave the dock lines on the dock. That way the cleat knot stays, and they only have to do a loop head through their cleat. Not sure whom they got to originally tie their lines off. I've always found that odd--how do you tie off if you go anywhere else?

Re: Best dock line handler

Posted: Wed Aug 13, 2014 7:32 pm
by Russ
mastreb wrote:A lot of the boats at Marinas in San Diego leave the dock lines on the dock. That way the cleat knot stays, and they only have to do a loop head through their cleat. Not sure whom they got to originally tie their lines off. I've always found that odd--how do you tie off if you go anywhere else?
I always leave my dock lines on the dock. Keep the loop for easy docking. No need to readjust.
Others seem to do the opposite. They take their lines with them. Why?
I have spare lines I use for tying up on other docks. Why readjust everything every time I return. I have spent a lot of time getting my dock lines set just right. Just leave em on the dock for when I return.

Same with fenders. I set them on the dock. Also added dock guards. I have a spare set of fenders for when I tie up to another dock. So why keep them on the boat hanging off the side?
When I return to my slip, all the edges are bumpered and my well adjusted dock lines only need the loop to be wrapped around the cleats. Easy peezy lemon squeezy.

Re: Best dock line handler

Posted: Thu Aug 14, 2014 4:48 am
by Tomfoolery
RussMT wrote:I have spare lines I use for tying up on other docks. Why readjust everything every time I return. I have spent a lot of time getting my dock lines set just right. Just leave em on the dock for when I return.
Same here, at least when I had a dock - it's now docked in my driveway. :D Two off the bow, one off the stern, a spring line to the mid cleat from one end of the dock (different boat), all with the eyesplice looped through and over, and lastly the other spring line in the opposite direction, which had to be cleat hitched over the top of the first spring line. I had (and still have) 75' long, really fat dock braided lines for traveling (easy on the hands - musta cost a bundle when new), since you never know what you'll need, and I use them now for launching and hauling.

But it was great coming in with dock lines ready to go. Loop the stern line over the cleat, motor gently against it, hop off and secure the two bow lines, then kill the engine and finish the dock lines. Took no time at all, and everything was preadjusted to be just right.

Re: Best dock line handler

Posted: Thu Aug 14, 2014 9:23 am
by dlandersson
Ditto. 8)
RussMT wrote:
mastreb wrote:A lot of the boats at Marinas in San Diego leave the dock lines on the dock. That way the cleat knot stays, and they only have to do a loop head through their cleat. Not sure whom they got to originally tie their lines off. I've always found that odd--how do you tie off if you go anywhere else?
I always leave my dock lines on the dock. Keep the loop for easy docking. No need to readjust.
Others seem to do the opposite. They take their lines with them. Why?
I have spare lines I use for tying up on other docks. Why readjust everything every time I return. I have spent a lot of time getting my dock lines set just right. Just leave em on the dock for when I return.

Same with fenders. I set them on the dock. Also added dock guards. I have a spare set of fenders for when I tie up to another dock. So why keep them on the boat hanging off the side?
When I return to my slip, all the edges are bumpered and my well adjusted dock lines only need the loop to be wrapped around the cleats. Easy peezy lemon squeezy.

Re: Best dock line handler

Posted: Thu Aug 14, 2014 7:42 pm
by Herschel
I always leave my dock lines on the dock. Keep the loop for easy docking. No need to readjust.
Others seem to do the opposite. They take their lines with them. Why?
Interesting question. I am one of those guys that takes his lines with him. I suspect that it hardly makes much difference in the real world other than our own personal preference. I keep four mooring lines attached each to the bow and stern cleats at all times. When I am underway, I coil them and tie them off to the pulpit or stern stanchion. This way, wherever I am and whenever I want to tie up, I have my four main mooring lines ready to go. Same with fenders. While I routinely tie up at my own slip, I do stop at the fuel dock, different restaurants, other marinas, and occasionally nest with other boats. I just feel more comfortable having my gear with me and ready at hand. I suppose I could make the technical argument that cleating off at slightly different spots on the mooring lines makes for less chaffing in one spot, but I admit that is a weak argument at best. Another reason I keep my mooring lines aboard is that I always "double up" my lines. I am in Florida and 45 minutes away from my marina. I like know that if a bad storm comes along, or I am out of town when a hurricane hits, I am already "doubled up". Lastly, its a Navy thing. That's the way we did it on the ships I served on, and it is hard to undo that kind of learning. 8)

Re: Best dock line handler

Posted: Mon Apr 01, 2024 3:04 am
by dlandersson
Worth a bump. 8)
wbpenney wrote: Wed Aug 13, 2014 5:51 am