Because Freedom Boat Club has such helpful, friendly dock staff, our members never have to worry about casting off, or securing the boat when they return.
But not every slip has such helpful staff, so it is important that you know how to secure a boat to a dock!
For a brief stop, if you getting lunch, etc, you can use two or three lines to secure your boat, for a “port alongside tie-up”:
If you have an FBC boat overnight or for an extended stop, you can also use a “port alongside tie-up”, but we recommend that you use four lines to secure the boat.
Remember, when securing your boat to a non-floating dock, always have enough slack in your lines for the tidal changes.
Don’t forget to step over the line when disembarking or boarding, and deploy your fenders on the port quarter section, aft and forward to prevent damage to the boat.