Securing Your Yacht To A Dock
The vessel centre line should be parallel to the dock.
Fenders Should Be:
- Tied to the base of a stanchion or other secure point - never on a lifeline
- Spaced evenly or where there is any possibility that an object could come into contact with the vessel (e.g. the stern when docked stern-to)
- Tied securely and adjusted so the bottom is 1-2 inches above the water
Breast Lines (1 & 2) Should Be:
At the bow and stern, as close to 90° to the centre line of the vessel as possible. This prevents the bow and stern from moving away from, or towards, the dock.
Spring Lines (3 & 4) Should Be:
As long as possible and should not be able to create any rubbing or chafing along their length. Spring lines prevent the vessel from moving ahead or astern.