If the weather looks bad, use spring-lines from the
bow and stern to dock amidships of the boat. Tie
up on the downwind side of the dock. If the wind is
changeable, place fenders over the side between the
boat and the dock.
If you are mooring your boat for a short time, bow and
stern lines may be the only lines you will need. If you
are mooring your boat for a longer time or the currents
are swift, you should use spring lines. The stern spring
line leads from the boat’s stern cleat forward to the
piling or cleat on the dock. The bow spring line leads
from the bow cleat aft to the dock.
After you have positioned your boat next to the dock,
you must secure it with mooring lines to keep it in
position. Mooring lines must be long enough to secure
your boat in any docking situation. For example, the
length of the lines for a 16-foot runabout should be
at least 15 feet. An eye splice at the end of each line
works well with bow or stern cleats.
If you are mooring your boat in a slip, bow and
spring lines, port and starboard, will keep your boat
NOTE: If tides are a consideration, be sure to leave
slack in the lines to make up for the rise and fall of the
water while your boat is docked.
The mooring lines you will use most often are the
bow line, the stern line, and spring lines as shown
on Figure T-6. Each line has a speciﬁc purpose. The
bow line and the stern line secure your boat’s bow
and stern. The two spring lines keep your boat from
moving forward or backward when you are moored
alongside a dock.
Figure T-6: Mooring Lines
Prelaunch and Underway - Section T
Owner’s Manual Page 143
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