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Old 08-23-2012, 12:40 PM   #41
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How about using snubbers?

Do any of you guys use snubbers to provide better shock protection?

I have a Shockles for an anchor snubber, but don't need to use mooring line snubbers in my shed.

I am considering changing out my twisted dental floss dock lines for a braided set.
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Old 08-23-2012, 12:59 PM   #42
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Hey Fly,
looks like you could be using some chafe gear. That haws hole edge looks pretty sharp to me.

Braided cost more. You will wear out the outer cover in no time.

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Old 08-23-2012, 01:06 PM   #43
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Hey Fly,
looks like you could be using some chafe gear. That haws hole edge looks pretty sharp to me.

Braided cost more. You will wear out the outer cover in no time.

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Those weren't pics from my boat, just examples from the 'net.

My dental floss mooring lines have drinking straws for chafe protection.
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Old 08-23-2012, 01:24 PM   #44
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Those weren't pics from my boat, just examples from the 'net.

My dental floss mooring lines have drinking straws for chafe protection.
Don't think dental floss is too small...I sure thought that way for the longest time till I got into commercial stuff.

depending on the line...it can be a whole different ballgame.

So if what you have is holding and not wearing too rapidly...you might have a good combination.

More chafe protection isn't usually bad...unless done completely wrong.

Like I said a long time ago...I got some cheap 1/2 inch for free so right after I bought the boat...I used it thinking I would replace it after the first season or sooner if wear developed. Neither has happened and I'm in an exposed marina with up to a 3 knot tidal current. Only during storms have I doubled up.

So dental floss may not be all that bad...as I've seen some lines that nearly chafed through in light conditions overnight (wow!) and other boats tied up with dental floss survive storm conditions.

Like most docking situations/requirements....each situation, combination and lines are adequate or not for THAT situation.
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I wonder why a builder would put those what appear to be rollers mounter for and aft like that in a haws hole. When would such a set up be used.

Towing?

Mine are rounded off and polished by wear.

Looks like an expensive boat.

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Old 08-23-2012, 01:28 PM   #46
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Those weren't pics from my boat, just examples from the 'net.

My dental floss mooring lines have drinking straws for chafe protection.
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I haven't tried the floss and straw method yet, but after reading this string, I'm just saying, maybe I should probably buy some stainless steal rope and tractor tires for keeping my baby safe in her slip!!

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Old 08-23-2012, 01:47 PM   #47
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Some people in our marina use the rubber shock absorbers that the mooring line spirals around, same as in FlyWright's second photo. I see them more on sailboats than powerboats but have no idea why. The only negative thing I've ever heard about them is that over time the rubber can break down somewhat in the UV and they become more susceptible to tearing apart if they are really strained. Don't know anyone that's actually happened to, however.

We don't use any sort of shock absorber on our mooring lines. The lines themselves provide sufficient shock absorbing. While there is current in the marina there is no surging.

We use breast lines at the bow and stern, long fore and aft spring lines off the center cleat, and an additional spring line running aft from the bow. The prevailing winds and storms come from behind us so the boat is usually being pushed forward in the slip, hence the additional aft-running spring line. We double the stern breast line for the same reason.

All our mooring lines are 5/8" braided with the loop ends fastened "permanently" to the boat's cleats.
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Old 08-23-2012, 03:50 PM   #48
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Using chafe gear only on the forward dock lines as they cross over the gunwale through chocks. All other dock lines directly attach to cleats on the gunwale. No wear noted after 15 months. Shock absorbers not needed as the berth has no surge.

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