Originally Posted by barnakiel
Huh - but most marinas
I have bee have fingers shorter than the boat ...
I have a cat that is a little tight in the slip. I also have tide to deal with. Thus, the center version with springs on both sides works for me. Just leave a long line in place and wrap a round turn, a hitch, and a round turn on it.
If you do not have midship cleats
, a bow or stern line can often serve much the same purpose, if run far forward and aft.
Another thing that can help boarding is a small block and tackle to pull the boat to the dock
. My wife has arthritis, and so when she boards I can easily pull the boat very tight to the dock
. Also Very handy when carrying many items to and fro. But don't leave it tied when the tide moves! Even a large wake can be serious when you are tied tightly, even if the dock floats, because it will not move the same as your boat.