GREAT ADVICE - and not just good etiquette (kindness), but self-serving as well
I like to stern anchor
my dinghy about 15 feet (or more) off the dock. Aside from the courtesy of leaving the dockside available for others to load & unload (taxi stand), this prevents my dink from getting under the dock at low tide, which can result in a trapped or damaged dink at high tide. It also keeps me away from those dinks with raised outboards (pun intended).
I deploy an anchor
as I approach the dock, letting out enough rode
to reach the dock comfortably. After unloading passengers & freight & gear
, I tie (& lock) my long bow cable*, retrieve enough rode
to pull the dink away from the dock & other dinghies, then secure it. I then pull myself back to the dock, drawing the anchor line taught, exit the dink, & let the rode draw the dink back away from the dock.
My locking painter is a 30 foot long, 3/16" dia.7 x 19 cable pad-locked to the engine
, run through the gas tank, then through a bow eye. I loop the cable around captive dock structure and pad-lock it; leaving any cleats
available for those using rope
. I also have conventional rope
dock & bow lines.
When securing with a loop, bring your loop up through any previously loop line, from the bottom. This allows the other line to be removed without disturbing yours. Another case of being nice to the other guy having favourable results for you (you don’t trap nyone, and nobody has to undo/redo your line).