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XStar08
01-05-2013, 03:53 PM
How long are the lines you usually are using?

Thx

onewheat
01-06-2013, 12:01 PM
We usually use 10' lines, but have 15'-ers that come in handy every now and then - usually when tying up with other boats when floating.

mikeg205
01-06-2013, 01:06 PM
That all depends what you are tying up too and where cleats are on boat and dock. All I have ever used is the 15 foot lengths... http://www.overtons.com/modperl/product/details.cgi?pdesc=Dockmate-Premium-Double-Braid-Nylon-Dock-Line-1/2-x-15&i=74829&aID=602C1&merchID=4006

CantRepeat
01-06-2013, 01:08 PM
This is getting a bit personal, isn't it?

GoneBoatN
01-06-2013, 01:11 PM
I have a set of short lines to tie up for short periods at a marina or the ramp area.

I then have a set of long lines (25ft x 4) that I use during our annual vacation week where we have a slip. I use the spring line method of securing the boat this way it does not rub against the dock since it will be there for a long period of time and the no-wake zone is not always that well observed. Hence the need for the long lines.

I like having the short lines as well because they are easier to handle (less knots) for the typical usage.

XStar08
01-19-2013, 01:58 PM
Thx guys and sorry for being too private :D

I'll have to get a new set of lines and now I know how to go, thx

thatsmrmastercraft
01-19-2013, 03:36 PM
Craigslist ad for MN made dock line considerably cheaper than Overtons. I have not used these guys yet, but will be buying from them this spring. Shipping is reasonable.

http://minneapolis.craigslist.org/hnp/boa/3552094667.html

http://www.maddogproducts.com/index.html

cf_koch
01-19-2013, 04:45 PM
I have always been told that your dock lines should be the length of your boat or slightly longer.

dpolen
01-19-2013, 04:52 PM
Craigslist ad for MN made dock line considerably cheaper than Overtons. I have not used these guys yet, but will be buying from them this spring. Shipping is reasonable.

http://minneapolis.craigslist.org/hnp/boa/3552094667.html

http://www.maddogproducts.com/index.html


I bought a set lines from them last year, VERY pleased! He'll custom make your ropes just about any way you want them, and the pricing is terrific. Lines have held up really well so far.

JRW160
01-19-2013, 04:54 PM
Mine are 15' 1/2". If I had to do it again, I would probably get 3/8" lines. The 1/2" are a little big.
I got mine off ebay for $16 each. Those prices look much better.

thatsmrmastercraft
01-19-2013, 05:14 PM
I bought a set lines from them last year, VERY pleased! He'll custom make your ropes just about any way you want them, and the pricing is terrific. Lines have held up really well so far.

Good to hear you are happy with them. I always hesitate to suggest something I haven't used.

bsloop
01-21-2013, 12:42 PM
Echo GoneBoatn,

If you are social boating and tying up with others, at least 20' in the rear and 25' bow. (25' all around is simpler)
Nothing worse or more dangerous than too short of lines as boats pull in and out or trying to fip a 10' shoe string for the other boat to catch for tying on.

3/8 will work, I like 1/2 because it thows better and is more durable. Scuff a 3/8 or tie wrong and it can rub though quickly. Also a 3/8 will either cut or wind super tight into a prop. 1/2 will usually wind up, kill the motor and removal is much easier.
Double braided nylon. I am not a fan of Dock Lines or other other floating poly. Poly is prone to abrasion, weak and a floating unattended line is begging to be picked up in a prop.

While I am on my rant, 8" Big B fenders. No excuses, no compromises.

Thinking about it, I am in need of a Cove and a drink :toast:

XStar08
01-21-2013, 01:41 PM
thx for your help.

Regarding tying two or more boats together or even one boat at a dock where it is not so calm water I highly recon the stretch lines, even if they are only mounted in between a longer line. I would never ever tie up my boat only with lines since the small clamps would not like it...

Usually a 4' line is enough, you should have at least 4 per boat...

http://www.overtons.com/modperl/product/details.cgi?pdesc=Dockmate-Snubber-Dock-Line-4&i=87062&aID=602C1&merchID=4006