Rig Your Boat Docking Lines for Maximum Protection.

Rig your slip docking lines for maximum protection. Make sure that your bow, stern and spring lines keep your small sailboat centered in the slip and prevent fore and aft movement. Captain John with 25+ years of experience shows you the no-nonsense cruising skills you need for safer sailing worldwide. Visit his website at https:--www.skippertips.com and sign up for his highly popular Sailing Tip of the Week. Discover how you can gain instant access to hundreds of sailing articles, videos, FREE e-Books and much more!

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Rig your slip docking lines for maximum protection. Make sure that your bow, stern and spring lines keep your small sailboat centered in the slip and prevent fore and aft movement. Captain John with 25+ years of experience shows you the no-nonsense cruising skills you need for safer sailing worldwide. Visit his website at https:--www.skippertips.com and sign up for his highly popular Sailing Tip of the Week. Discover how you can gain instant access to hundreds of sailing articles, videos, FREE e-Books and much more!

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Paul Pullini
Paul Pullini - 2 years ago
This works on floating docks not on stationary poles. When the tide goes up and down they must be adjusted. I tend to leave a little slack depending on tides due to moons cycle and weather created. You always need to check unless you have floating docks.
Captain John's Skipper Tips
Captain John's Skipper Tips - 2 years ago
Paul, this vid was mainly about positioning of the lines. You are correct about allowing slack on the lines. Thanks for your comments.
brant schroyer
brant schroyer - 3 years ago
How about a video on a double slip tie off
Captain John's Skipper Tips
Captain John's Skipper Tips - 3 years ago
Brant, this arrangement works in slips as well as docks. No difference. Same lines, same concept. Bow and stern lines to keep the boat centered in the slip; springs to control fore and aft movement.
boatme101
boatme101 - 3 years ago
Seldom do you have a dock on both sides
Captain John's Skipper Tips
Captain John's Skipper Tips - 3 years ago
Works with pilings too. Same concept. Take out the piers and replace them with pilings in the illustration. Same arrangement. Bow and stern lines to center the boat. Springs to keep her from moving fore or aft.
Marty Dufour
Marty Dufour - 3 years ago
Looks simple on paper, but kept me awake during storm tides, always running back and forth to the marina. I did get those rubber rods you wrap your lines around helped worry less.
Mr. Thomas Maslar
Mr. Thomas Maslar - 3 years ago
What rods?
Captain John's Skipper Tips
Captain John's Skipper Tips - 3 years ago
Marty, spot on. You can only do what you can and hope for the best. I've done the same with a whole fleet of boats. It'll keep you awake for sure. Thanks for your comments.
Mntinxtreme
Mntinxtreme - 4 years ago
Where can I buy spring lines? is it a certain material?
Vincent Miller
Vincent Miller - 3 years ago
Mntinxtreme hey I'm in Miami preparing for my first hurricane . I have my 30ft rinker at a marina and I'm going crazy watching YouTube videos trying to prepare. Any tips?
Captain John's Skipper Tips
Captain John's Skipper Tips - 4 years ago
Visit a West Marine store. They can help you select the correct line diameter. I like to use three-strand nylon for all docking or anchoring work. It wears well and is a lot easier to work with than double braid, in particular when it comes to splicing. Also, see my video on chafing gear to protect your lines: https://youtu.be/rX3SncEo8-s

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