Originally Posted by Limey Linda
Just a few suggestions: dock lines laying tight across the tubes will produce wear with no chaffing protection, always tie to the lowest strong point on the boat, always use fenders and spring lines. Did not mean to be critical but I hate to see a nice boat like that damaged when some idiot comes by producing a large wake or the weather blows up in your absence. Congrats. on the new boat.
Not trying to start an argument here but did you actually look at the photos?
- Dock lines laying tight across the tubes. The dock lines in the pic are slack and although touching the tubes don't transfer any force to the tube.
- Always use fenders thats what the sausage shaped things are between the tube and the pontoon.
Knowing where this boat was left on what was obviously a calm day (and as mentioned elsewhere - it was just for lunch) - I don't really think there is an issue. I don't think I have ever seen/met anyone who would have tied up a boat this size there with springs just to go to lunch on a day like that.
As a more meaningful discussion - why tie to a low point on the boat? does that matter if tieing to a wall where the anchorage is higher than the boat or a pontoon - where it may be lower than the tube (and so the rope is under "tension" across the tube)?