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Old 27-05-2014, 12:54   #1
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Length of stern line

What is the average length of stern lines? When stern tying to shore or stern anchor?
Are you down sizing the stern line compared to the bow anchor line.
I am just looking for averages from people who world cruise.

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Old 27-05-2014, 13:11   #2
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Re: Length of stern line

Even if you're not traveling around the world, your stern lines should be long enough to return back to the boat to allow easy "un-docking" without having to get off the boat.
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Re: Length of stern line

I carry four shore lines of 25 meters each, one of 70 meters and one of 100 meters, for tying the boat to the shore when Med mooring out of harbour.
All standard Moorex mooring lines - I do not remember the size at the moment.
I have also eight mooring warps (Moorex) also, 4 of 15 meters each and 4 of 12 meters each.

Never had a problem of shortage.

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Re: Length of stern line

I do not understand you question! Stern tying to a dock vs. stern tying to shore or bow anchoring is not the same. Our length of line for stern tying to a dock is 25 ft of the length of the boat, the length line to tie to shore is 200 ft, and the bow is 200 ft all chain.

Most boats do not have a stern windless. Therefore limit to what you can physically lift/pull. My bow anchor is 90 lbs and all chain but my stern anchor is 40 lbs and chain/rope. Even the 40 lbs stern is hard to pull/lift and I have used the mast/boom. If we were going to stern anchor/tie frequently I would added a stern windless.
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Re: Length of stern line

Oh, and this topic surely belongs by nature to the "Mediterranean mooring" thread!
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Oh, and this topic surely belongs by nature to the "Mediterranean mooring" thread!
Or anchoring (by the stern)
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Re: Length of stern line

Thanks, sounds like 200 to 300 feet to stern tie to the beach, tree, rock, ETC. Or anchor. Is the answer.
When Sailing around Vancouver Island, I used 200 feet of 3/8 chain from the bow and only had a 100 feet of 1/2 inch off the stern line to a tree. In 60 feet of water and about 25 feet from shore. This seemed to be the average in a lot of the places I stayed the night. A 100 feet, felt a little short, but for my trip worked fine.
Sorry for the confusion, I thought I was clear.
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Even if you're not traveling around the world, your stern lines should be long enough to return back to the boat to allow easy "un-docking" without having to get off the boat.
I use a Beach Line quite often to hold position between bommies when not enough swing room and a steep-to bottom.

In that case I keep a reserve of line on board so that I can pull forward clear of danger before letting go beach line

I use a bowline in a bight to reduce double up Length so I can still untie from tender.

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