Originally Posted by JimsCAL
One issue with docks is how securely the cleats
are attached. Consider lines around the piles if your are concerned.
Exactly what I was going to write. Don't use just cleats. Cleats are often just screwed into the horizontal boards of the dock
, and often not backed with much. It doesn't take much wave to rip cleats out.
Loop though major supports on the dock
itself. Go around the whole dock if you have to. You may elect to share your neighbor's cleats (which in itself can be good or bad depending on see-sawing). Put a line behind your boat to stop other boats and/or refuse from "docking" next to you if they break free.
Any chance they can pull your mast
Just because YOU secure YOUR boat doesn't mean others will. Check other boats that may impact yours.