3. Se­cure prop­erly

Yachting Monthly - - EXPERT ON BOARD -

Three good big fend­ers are far bet­ter than ten of the Mickey Mouse, Toy­town apolo­gies I of­ten see dan­gling hap­haz­ardly from quite large yachts. When you see these shap­ing up to raft along­side, you can be for­given for be­ing re­luc­tant to con­sent. Rig breast lines and springs straight away. Then take warps ashore and set them up to do their share of work. Once the shore­lines are on, it may be pos­si­ble to do away with the breast lines. It de­pends on the sit­u­a­tion and should be dis­cussed calmly with the boat in­side. If, like me, you have spent valu­able hours var­nish­ing your cap­ping rail, you aren’t go­ing to love some sub-species of hu­man pond life lead­ing hairy lines across them, ig­nor­ing the fair­leads supplied by a car­ing builder to pro­tect them. Lash your helm amid­ships to re­duce the strain on shore­lines and deck cleats. Help new ar­rivals to lead their lines and se­cure them to your sat­is­fac­tion. They in turn should ac­cept your guid­ance with good grace be­cause it’s your yacht they’re ty­ing up to.

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