You've just done a masterful job of putting your boat up against the dock, perhaps executing the perfect Captain Ron turn. Now you need to keep her there, using your dock lines. What do you do?
(This will not be a discussion of breast lines, spring lines, etc... we'll save that for another time)
Whatever the configuration of dock lines you use, it will be necessary to make the lines fast to cleats on the dock (or perhaps the boat). How do you do that?
Here's what we do on Eolian:
|Around the far end|
|Over the top|
|Under and over again|
More knots are not necessary. Eolian has spent many, many winters tied to the dock just like this. Never once has a dock line loosened. However:
- If you are preparing for a hurricane, you'll want more knots... and more lines!
- If the dock line is unusually slippery and/or the cleat is polished, you may need to double the knot
- If the dock line is very small for the size of the cleat (say, a dinghy painter), you might add a second knot
Now that the line is made fast, what do you do with the extra? When we first moved out to Shilshole, we flemished our dock line tails like this:
|Hard centered target|
Don't just leave the tails laying on the dock. Aside from the obvious tripping hazard, the otters will gather them up into a pile and then anoint the pile.
The best arrangement is if someone else has made flemish coils nearby...