Here’s something I learned while visiting the Isle of Man – John Galpin showed me this method of tying up to a slip without fenders – so as to save the look of the gel coat… Trust me, John’s blue gel coat on his Whale and Dolphin survey boat looks immaculate!
Line A holds the rear of the boat away from the starboard dock and prevents the boat from moving forward.
Line C prevents the boat from moving back into the rear dock
Line B prevents the bow from moving towards the starboard dock
Line D prevents the bow from moving away from the starboard dock.
It takes some practice to set up – but it’s a neat way of holding the boat stationary and away from the dock. When leaving our boat for a while however, we lay out a few precautionary fenders… (we also add a few lines for good measure!)