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Are you ready to dock? Great—but before you get started, you need to learn the lingo…
- Nylon is the most popular material for docklines. There are a couple of reasons for this. One— it’s strong. And two—it has some give—it will stretch a bit as your boat rocks to and fro at the dock.
Next let’s talk about construction. There are two main types of nylon docklines.
- Three strand docklines tend to stretch or give quite a bit and are abrasion resistant.
- Braided nylon docklines are stronger, come in lots of cool colors to match you boat and generally feel more substantial. You’ll probably pay more for braided lines. However, they tend to last longer then three strand lines.
- One word of caution about fenders—while it’s a good idea to hang them over the side while you’re idling up to the dock, be sure to remember to stow them before hitting the open water. Nothing says “novice” more than fenders flapping in the breeze as you merrily cruise along.