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Old 03-26-2020, 07:33 AM
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I have a 42 foot boat with a 14 foot beam in a wet slip. The slip is about 20 feet wide, so I have lots of room on the sides. However, the last piling is about 25 feet out from the rear of the slip, which puts it just astern of my midships cleats. Currently I have my bow lines affixed at those cleats, but the cleats are so close to the pilings that the line is only about 5 feet long. We don't have huge tide swings here in NW Florida but I still think it would be wise to have a longer line there to accommodate for king tides, storms, etc. Suggestions? I have thought of using a loose bowline knot on the piling so that the rope could slide up and down the piling, perhaps with some chafe guard. Anyone have any better ideas? Thanks.
Old 03-26-2020, 11:10 AM
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don't quite follow where everything is on your setup, but either way we've had luck running permanent lines from piling to piling with a couple alpine butterflies in there to tie into, or use whatever line and prusik in. Alternative on the short line is to run a pulley high up on the piling with weight underwater.
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This is a drawing of my setup.


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Old 03-26-2020, 02:55 PM
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A pipe with a ring on it to slide up and down would be better so you can keep your lines out of the water. I would leaves the lines tight on piling and just leave them loose but tight enough to keep the boat from hitting the opposite side. The spring will keep it off the dock at the stern. I boat wake a problem? That’s your biggest worry
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Can you shoot a line from high on the piling, diagonally and forward across the bow to the opposite bow cleat? Criss-crossed similar to the stern line.
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Bottom line is the piling are in the wrong place, they should be further forward. No real way to fix it. Drop an anchor on the way in would help a little.
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Old 03-27-2020, 05:46 AM
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These tideminders work great https://www.westmarine.com/buy/dr-sh...E&gclsrc=aw.ds
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So your sketch clears up a lot of confusion.

You have NO bow lines! You have stern lines, spring lines and two mid-ship lines. I would recommend adding a line from the mid-ship cleats to the end of the finger piers or even to the dock to prevent your boat traveling forward. Adjust the "bow lines" to keep the boat off of the finger piers.

Then either move the pilings or find another slip.
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Have a pile installed each at port and starboard bow area , 50 feet from dock.
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boat that size should be using 8 lines. Assuming that there are pilings at the ends of fingers. if not, run it to the piling furthest aft.
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Originally Posted by Tingum View Post
Bottom line is the piling are in the wrong place, they should be further forward. No real way to fix it. Drop an anchor on the way in would help a little.
i had the same issue as you in a prior slip and used these tideminders balls. they worked perfectly it is a great and inexpensive solution.
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