Originally Posted by jwnall
When I moved my boat into a slip at the marina where she is now, I noticed that all of the other boats in slips had crossed stern lines. That is, the line from the starboard piling went to the cleat on the port side of the boat, and the line from the port piling went to the cleat on the starboard side of the boat. I did my lines like that also, so as not to be different, but do not see why it is any advantage over going port to port and starboard to starboard. Can anyone educate me on why it is better? (Yeah, I know -- this is not some sort of earthshaking issue. But color me curious).
TheOP isn't talking about floats or docks. He talks of a piling on either side of his stern. So I'm thinking there must be some small tidal change or other changing of water levels that make "crossing the stern lines" a good or necessary practice to make the lines long enough so as not to become too tight.
So he must be talking about a European bow in and stern tied off type of moorage. From what I've seen stern in may be more popular but that (it would seem) would require deep water near/at the seawall. I think it may be that simple and we've gone of in more complicated directions.
Can/will the original poster confirm this?