boat to a dock

The mooring lines secure the boat to a dock, to another boat or to buoys or other floating object temporarily or permanently. Different types of ends are required.

Are you going to buy mooring lines for transient use or for permanent use?

When your boat is out of your normal dock or mooring, you should have some polyester ropes on board, preferably with gauze, ready to use when mooring somewhere. We call this transient dock ends. The gauze at the end can be easily passed around a noray or bollard by someone on the dock and the other end fits on the onboard cleat. There are dozens of combinations of diameters and lengths.

The permanent mooring lines are also made of polyester, but they differ from the transient mooring lines in several details. In the first place, they must be protected from the first enemy of all the frequently used ropes, the chafing. You may need a head protection cover that comes with a Velcro to surround the rope in the areas of constant rubbing or in the area that passes through the guiacabos. Possibly an inox gauze to protect the end of the noray from the dock or to connect to the mooring docks of our lines.

What is your preference?

The mooring lines must be made of polyester or nylon, a synthetic fiber that has a superior combination of strength and stretch. There are medium strength, high resistance, 3-strand, 8-strand, 12-strand, double-braided, high-tenacity, medium-tenacity and low-tenacity strands, double strands with nylon core and combinations of all these characteristics .

The three-cord strands have a knotted finish, are easy to splice and are the most economical. The double-core ones are somewhat stronger, they are available in many colors so you can combine the color of the ropes with those of your boat.

The mooring super is a unique 12-strand braid. Simple braids are very elastic and flexible, so they are easy to roll up and handle. The super cabo is often the option for boats over 21 meters in length.

Diameter of the ends

We recommend as standard a 3 mm diameter rope for every 2 meters of length. Ropes with more diameters will stretch less but will be more durable.

Length of the ends

Transient mooring lines should be approximately 2/3 of the boat’s length when used in bow and stern. The springs must be equal to the length of your boat.

Scratch wear

Scratch wear occurs at constant friction with any surface even on the cover itself. It is unavoidable, although it can be reduced by changing the angle of a line and by using abrasion-resistant pads, such as leather pieces, hose, protective covers or protective adhesive tapes or by using the so-called friction gears or friction pulleys. Even smooth, high-radius surfaces will wear nylon and polyester lines over time.

The cape protection sleeve provides a sacrificial surface that can withstand the damage and thus reduce the risk of line breakage. Generally, in nautical stores such as find mooring docks , shackles, stainless steel thimbles, hooks so you can make your own mooring lines quickly. The type of installation on the dock will determine the best type of splice and friction protection. For example, it is possible that you are looking for a mooring line made of stainless steel and a galvanized shackle when it is connected to a ring, an eyebolt or also to your own noray. If there is a large noray you can choose to take a chain loop around the base and use a tie-down dock attached to ainox thimble . Either of these methods will last much longer than simply tying the line around the bollard. The mooring damper is also an option, it is a rubber spring with elasticity that allows cushioning the pulls of the boat.

In you can find an important variety ofmooring and mooring accessories that you can buy comfortably and with the guarantee of products manufactured exclusively in Europe of optimum quality at very reasonable prices.

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