Originally Posted by willk
A very handy one. I keep a short line handy for quick grabs onto ladders and other boats, as you say, just at your hand.
Springs for when longitudinal movement might cause damage - so certainly on overnights etc...
I return the painter once made off forward and tie off amidships to prevent longitudinal movement, sort of spring 'light'. It's a bit more ridgid than a true spring and not so safe if heavy weather is expected.
If it's gonna blow and she's tied 'longside, apart from crapping one, I tie off fore and aft, double spring and tie fenders horizontally to the pontoon aswell as load them along side.
I'd rather put her on a swinging mooring if it's foul.