This is my first post so please donít yell at me if I do something wrong
My wife and I just moved onto our Gibson 50 foot houseboat. We are full-time live aboard. The vessel is 50 ft in length with 14 ft beam. The only slip available is 46x16 ft. So, we have 4ft of stern sticking out and 1 foot between the dock
and the boat
on three other sides. We have plenty of fenders but the marina is VERY exposed to wind
traffic. We bounce around a lot.
Because the distance from my bow and stern cleats
to the pilings is less than 2 feet, we donít get much shock absorption from the line. Lots of stress on the cleats
and uncomfortable. The distance is too short for bungee or elastic shock absorbers inline.
My thought is to secure a turning block to the piling and then run the mooring
lines from the cleat perpendicular to the deck
over to the piling, pick up a turning block and run up the piling 6-8 ft to a cleat and secure the line there. This increases my standing line length 4-5 times and allows for more shock absorption while keeping pull on cleat and piling in the correct direction. I could even put another turn in block up top and run down to a cleat near the deck
adding another 6-8 ft dynamic rope
Has anyone ever tried this? Any tips? Any alternate solutions to this problem?