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Old 07-16-2013, 01:12 PM
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Double braided NYLON 3/8" is fine for general day use. If you are slipping for longer periods of time, 1/2" on dock may be advisable simply because of its durability over time. It is overkill in year 1 but still strong enough even with abrasions in year 4 to still be safely functional.
I avoid floating lines like solid braid and poly, they are prone to abrasion and weaken quickly. Don't be tempted by the "vanity" ones like Top Knot that can sew in a name. A quality eye needs to be spliced, not sewn.

20' minimum and 25' or even 30' (usually have to go to 1/2 for 30'). The extra length comes in handy when approaching a person to dock, at the dock reaching cleats and passing between boats in raft up situations.
Personal interjection - don't expect me to go out of my way to catch a 10-15' shoe string.
Coincidentally, crappy captains usually have short line, tampon fenders, undersized anchor and other characteristics of poor boating.

Cheap line like Sea Choice and West Marine are economical and get job done. If you are prone to loosing lines, on a budget or use them infrequently this is not a bad option.
Quality lines from Sampson and New England Ropes will cost 2-3 times as much but have superior abrasion and fade resistance and greater strength.

I do keep a 75-100' hank of 3/8 or 1/2 Diamond Braid Poly (hardware store) easily accessible to pull together split raft lines, tow disabled boats and 50 other situations. This should be carefully wrapped and stored for quick deployment.
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