38 rafted to Atlantic 42 LightSpeed
in Hot Springs Cove, British Columbia
1). Instruct your crew to NOT put themselves between the boats while rafting. This is not the time for heroics like jumping or stretching too far.
2). Use lots of fenders and tie them to stantion bases or cleats
not the lifelines
3). Do raft where you are not likely to get hit by large power boat
4). Do offset the boats so the mast
are not aligned. The goal is to eliminate the possibility of rigging
hitting/tangling. This is most important if one of the boats is a monohull
as a wake could cause the monohull to roll and swing the mast
into the others rigging. I've seen a topping lift
get broken this way and the boom fall into a cockpit
of people= not good.
5). Do use long spring lines and breast lines. Lines tied directly between cleats
on similar boats might be short leaving little line to stretch. Longer arrangement's take advantage of the stretchy shock absorbing nature of dock
6). Tie up in such a way as either boat can untie without the help of the neighboring crew. Run lines to the neighbor boat around a cleat and back to your boat. This way you can slip your lines without having to board or wake the neighbors, perfect for an early morning start or a middle of the night anchor
7). If multiple boats will be rafted consider deploying multiple bow and stern anchors.