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What Types of Lines Should I Use on My Boat?

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I am a die-hard boater and even in cold weather, you will often find me on my boat.Often times when I walk down my dock, I find that I am the only one there.While many boat owners leave their boat in the water during the winter months, a good percentage of them tie them up in the fall and do not return until warm weather comes back.Because of this, I make it a point to walk the dock, checking lines and fenders on all of the boats to make sure there are no issues.I know that some of my dock neighbors that come up in winter months do the same.One of the things that I consistently notice is that many boats do not have the proper lines securing them to the dock.
Let’s take a look at what types of lines should be used for various purposes on your boat.
Dock Lines
Nylon is the best material for dock lines.This is because it is strong and it also stretches.Stretch is important because it allows the line to absorb the shock of the boat pulling on it in rough weather.Three-strand nylon is the lea…

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Boating in Winter

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This is the time of year where many of us reluctantly winterize our boats and put them away for the season.But not all of us have to.Fortunately, I live in an area where that water does not freeze and my boat stays in the water year round. I use it year round.Boating in cold weather, of course, is different than summertime boating but it is still very enjoyable and you don’t end up spending your winter frowning and fretting because you haven’t seen your boat in several weeks.
Here are some tips that can make wintertime boating enjoyable and safe:
1.Keep your Tanks Topped Off – In cold weather, it is easier for condensation to build up in your fuel tanks.Keeping them topped off reduces the space for air and the moisture that can come with it.This is also a good idea considering the fact that fuel docks typically have reduced hours in winter months.
2.Keep Your Engine Warm – If your boat stays in the water and the water does not freeze, then it is not likely that you have to worry about fr…

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