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Old 19-06-2012, 13:25   #1
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Dock Question

I have always been on a dock cleat with a dock that was permanent and also floating docks.
This will be the first time I will be on a dock with riser bars and rings.
I noticed most people had made an eye splice and kind of pulled it through itself to lock it on to the ring and wrapped the other end around the cleat on th boat. The when they go out, they just throw the line. Some has an eyesplice with a spring hook on it.
I will always want to just throw the lines from the boat with the fixed end on the riser ring - some way or another. I will be using 5/8" 3 strand twisted nylon. I have had good results with making eye splices on both ends and went through several hurricanes that way and never suffered any hull damage as a result.
Do any of you use riser rods and rings and if so, how do you tie your boat up?
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Old 19-06-2012, 13:45   #2
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Re: Dock Question

Don't know what riser rods and rings are??? My last marina had rings instead of cleats on floating docks. Spliced eyes in the lines and passed the bitter end through the ring and the spliced eye on the dock side and around a cleat on the boat. A spliced eye for the boat end would have been too restricting. Moved the boat from side to side in the slip and reversed end to end for better access working on the boat. With spliced eyes, would have had to change or use other lines to tie up the boat to change it's position in the slip.
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Old 19-06-2012, 14:27   #3
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Re: Dock Question

I kept my boat in a slip for a while with risers and rings. What worked best for me was just as you describe, loop the eyes around the rings and then run the other end to the cleats to be tied with a cleat hitch. I did put a tape mark on the breast lines and spring lines where they should ride to take the guess work out of it, but I could still reposition the boat if needed or come in stern to.
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