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Old 02-28-2016, 08:54 PM   #41
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I like 5/8" 3 strand with a big, about 4' long, eye spliced, the other end has a black band marked for every 10' the line is long, a red band for an additional +- 5'. I have some 1/2" lines made up the same way for "light use".
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Old 02-29-2016, 12:40 AM   #42
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Most of the lines that came with my boat are 7/8" double braid. I have a couple of odd ones that are 1" and 1 1/4". The 7/8" feel pretty good for handling and fit the boat well. Cleats are about 13".

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Old 02-29-2016, 12:54 AM   #43
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I like 5/8" 3 strand with a big, about 4' long, eye spliced, the other end has a black band marked for every 10' the line is long, a red band for an additional +- 5'. I have some 1/2" lines made up the same way for "light use".
I have a hard time envisioning how the length marks are useful?

I am sure that it is simply my lack of imagination.
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Old 02-29-2016, 10:38 AM   #44
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I have the WM pre-made lines and I personally hate them, they are too soft, chafe too easily, and pick up splinters off the dock and try to transfer them to my hands when I am handling the lines.
I have the double-braid lines from WM too, and bull rail splinters can be a problem. What type would pick up less of them? Three-strand?
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Old 02-29-2016, 10:53 AM   #45
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I have the double-braid lines from WM too, and bull rail splinters can be a problem. What type would pick up less of them? Three-strand?
Three strand will give you less problem with splinters. I have the problem with splinter with my WM double braid a well. However, I am not sure that any other double braid would be better. Fortunately, there are only a few docks I have come across that are really bad as far as splinters. If I were to go farther afield I may run into more deteriorating docks where splinters are a problem.

If someone has found a double braid that is better at not picking up splinters, I would be interested.
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Old 02-29-2016, 12:46 PM   #46
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The double braid at the commercial fishing supply store is much tighter weave, and I have never had it pick up a splinter. I sometimes have to tie around square timbers (no cleats), and the soft WM chafes really badly if the corners haven't been routed over to smooth the corners.
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Thanks, I will check into that when I need replace my set of lines on the boat. I don't mind braiding new double braid if I have to.
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Old 02-29-2016, 01:28 PM   #48
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I guess this was a good subject to post on.....Great discussion.
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Old 02-29-2016, 10:20 PM   #49
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Here in Florida you want dark colored lines to resist the sun. Also you want braided lines. Three strand will cut any gel coat they touch. We replaced all our lines with six 5/8" Braided 40' lines. You can take white 3M electrical tape to mark the splice at the eye to be able to find it easier.
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Old 02-29-2016, 10:52 PM   #50
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Thank you everyone for the input and advise. I settled on 3/4 Double Braided nylon lines by SeaDog in 35' and 25'. Fisheries Supply was still carrying lines at boat show prices, so I got a discount. The 35' lines were $49.61 and the 25' were $38.70.
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Old 02-29-2016, 10:57 PM   #51
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I use 3/4 Nylon Double Braid. Buy in bulk then cut, splice and whip. Doing a double braid eye splice is like performing a rope magic trick. Even when you are the one doing it it's a real mind bender. You need a few tools to do the trick; Fid, Pusher, Hot knife some whipping line and a sailmakers needle.

An inexpensive hot knife solution is to buy a cheap soldering gun (Harbor Freight) and purchase a 1.5 inch blade tip for a few bucks on Amazon.
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Many of you go overboard on the size of docking lines. Unless there is significant surge where "shock absorbers" should be used, 5/8 inches should be more than adequate for most all boats our size. Save money and have easier handling. I employ six lines (three on each beam) when securing at home berth, feeling well secured.

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Old 03-01-2016, 06:43 AM   #53
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At "home" lines are seldom replaced , so die slowly in the sun shine.

Would seem easiest to use larger lines for longer life, but most boat assemblers save on using barely large enough cleats .

Using the largest line that your cleat will fit would make sense , esp if the line is not taken aboard when cruising.

An 8 inch cleat is for 1/2 inch line., 10 inch for 5/8, 12 inch for 3/4 line etc.
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Old 03-01-2016, 11:57 PM   #54
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These lines are for travelling, I have permanent lines on my dock.
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Old 03-02-2016, 09:50 AM   #55
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For my 42' boat I have 5/8" black double braid for bow and stern lines. I use 1/2" for the 4 spring lines. Spring lines are from the midship cleats 2 forward and 2 aft. In tidal areas with fixed docks it is important to have a lot of stretch for the spring lines. This has been my practice for many years. I guess it will work until it won't. The system has not pulled a cleat though.
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Old 03-02-2016, 09:52 AM   #56
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there are several grades of three strand the tighter lay will feel stiffer and is probably stronger.


It has a colored poly over stretch thread in the lay that will fail of the line is over stressed.
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Traveling the boat is seldom left on her own in hard conditions.

1/2in dock line should be fine for most any load and the ease of storing is a huge plus.

You can easily double up as the breeze goes over 50K.
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Old 03-03-2016, 02:43 PM   #58
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We should be using 1/2" but we had plenty of 5/8" on the boat when we bought her and I like to handling the 5/8". Anchor rode is also 5/8" and was purchased for Alaska gales. Used it twice to that end. There is the negative issue of occasionally making fast to a small cleat. I usually lean toward things light and small but not working lines onboard.
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