Cleats and chocks
Our dock has bull rails, so I installed 4 cleats. *We have two set of lines, a pre cut/make set tied to the bull rails with eyes to slip over the boat cleats that we leave on the dock and also a set on lines on the boat that have eyes at one end. *On our dock most have a set of lines they leave on the dock as it makes tying up the boat easier and in the right spot. ***Being the lines left on the dock are not long and a set length, a mid line usually is first tossed to the dock which the cleats are for. We use ¾ to 1 inches lines which can be tossed/thrown the 20 ft.
The eye of the lines that is usually slipped over the cleat on the boat and the other end, bitter end, has no eye, because of the bull rails.* Usually I try to get the stern close enough to the dock to get off as the bow can be thrust over.* If we can not get close to the deck to get someone on the dock then the mid ship line is tossed to maneuver on.* Most boaters if they been around 40+ ft boats, know the line should be cleat or at least wrap around the cleat.* *I have found that a non issue.*
In the winter I double tie the boat to the dock with the extra set of lines that we keep on the boat.* The eye end is slipped over the boats cleat as the other end is used to tighten up the line several times during the winter as the lines stretch so the space between the dock steps and the boat is less than 6".* We have a 3 ft wide round ball*fender use to keep the bow pushed out so the stern swim platform is closure to the dock.* **
We also have 20 ft poles are the ready to reach/grab the dock or try to hook a line over a cleat, but most of the time they are used to push off.* We have a grapping hook but have not used it for docking.*
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