Currently - On the stern starboard corner of my boat
(rope #2 in pic) is a cleat - I want have two 1/2" eye spliced ropes on it now. One going forward to a cleat on the dock
and one going aft to another cleat on the dock
. These are two of the 5 lines that keep my boat
secure to my "L" shaped slip.
The other three ropes...
1. Port Side Stern - aft to dock
3. Mid ship - going forward (backup)
4. Bow - Right angle to dock
I would like to take one line and put three loops in it measured to size so I can tidy up things and not have tails. Maybe an eye splice in each end to go over the cleats
on the dock. But what do I tie in the middle of the rope
to attach to the cleat on my boat. I was thinking about a figure 8 knot
, but they say knots are not as strong as splices. Thoughts.
Additionally... My dock floats so I don't have to worry about water
level changes. All ropes but rope
#1 can be a fixed length eye spliced rope. Rope #1 pulls the boat away from the dock and the boat never rubs against anything (I do keep fenders deployed just in case). We enter our boat through the swim platform on the stern and that is why I don't have an "X" pattern on the back.