I'm trying to figure out where to best tie dock
lines on my Avon
340 RIB dinghy
. The manual says where to attach a lift
harness, and where to attach a tow line when towing the dinghy
, but is silent about where to attach dock
lines for tying up along side a dock.
Right now, I have three lines that I use, and they are attached to the D-rings that are used for a lifting harness. The D rings are located inside the boat and attach securely to the fiberglass hull
. One is in the bow on the center line, and the other two are at the stern corners. I have my dock lines attached there because they appear to be the most sturdy attachment points.
The problem is that when tied to a dock, like the one where the boat lives 80% of its time, the lines come up and over the side tubes to the dock cleats
. The constant wave action is causing the lines to slowly saw their way into the tubes. In a couple of places it's already worn through the outer gray surface material. One also runs across a grab rope
that runs fore and aft on top of the tube, and the dock line sawed about half way through the 1/2" grab line. Clearly this is not good.
There are a couple of alternate attachment points for my dock lines, but my take is that they will only last about a month before ripping off if I use them. One set of alternate points are two loop/handles on top of the tubes towards the stern. I could attach my dock lines to these and eliminate the rubbing across the tubes, but I fear that the loop handles will rip off after not too long. There are also two metal rings held to the outside of the tubes towards the bow, and I could use them for bow lines as well, but have the same concern about them ripping off.
I'm getting the feeling that a RIB
is just not up to life at a dock in anything other than lake-like water
, which I do not have.