Tying up in your berth is easy if you’ve got a floating dock. It’s easier still if you’re not on tidal waters, where the water level changes throughout the day. So while these tips apply in general to all, we picked the scenario wherein a tidewater boater uses a slip without a float. Tie one on with us.
Your boat can’t just be tied tight. You have to allow for the rise and fall of the water lest the boat be left hanging by its lines at low tide or pulled under by its lines at high tide.
Crossed stern lines keep the boat from moving sideways. They also provide more length than uncrossed lines, helping to allow for changing water levels. But you can’t just cross the lines and walk away.
The height at which the lines are secured on the pilings is critical to ensuring enough slack for the boat to rise and fall. Check the boat through a few tides to nail this height down. Get a head start by tying off level with the cleat at half-tide.