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Proper Line Selection // MISSION Dock Lines


Nice dock lines make a difference. Having the right sizes on hand will keep you sane while tying up your boat. Use the chart and the information below to determine exactly what you need.

 

How many lines do I need on the boat?

Ideally, you will have at least two (2) bow/stern lines and two (2) spring lines on board. Reference the diagram below to learn the difference. 

 

Why does the diameter of my dock lines matter?

The cleats on your boat are designed to work with appropriately sized lines. Lines that are too big for your cleats can cause problems and make tying up difficult.

 

What's the proper length/size?

You choose length/size based on your boat size and the application. You want a length that will give you maximum flexibility without creating unnecessary or cumbersome extra line.

Bow / Stern Lines vs. Spring Lines

Bow / Stern Lines       

These lines firmly secure and hold the boat in place at the dock. They attach at both the bow and stern of the boat the adjacent dock cleats. 

 

Spring Lines      

These lines keep the boat parallel with the dock. They attach diagonally from a cleat at the boat’s center to dock cleats located near both ends (bow/stern) of the boat.

Sizing Chart

What is the length of your boat? What's your application? (see above) You need...

Up to 27'

     Bow / Stern Line  


      Spring Line 

28'-35'

     Bow / Stern Line  


      Spring Line  

36'-45'

     Bow / Stern Line  


      Spring Line 

How-to: Tie a Clove Hitch

Wrap the line once around the rail or post you’re tying it to, starting from the front and working over the top.


Pass the line over itself.


Wrap the line once around the rail or post you’re tying it to, starting from the front and working over the top.


Pass the line over itself.


Wrap the line once around the rail or post you’re tying it to, starting from the front and working over the top.