INSTALLING A SLIDEMOOR PLUS SYSTEM ON YOUR DOCK
Keep your boat secure and free of damage with sliding dock fenders and cleats.
Side-tying your boat to pilings at a stationary dock poses a problem in waters subject to tides: How to do you keep the boat securely moored, prevent dock rash and avoid sinking your vessel while also accommodating daily fluctuations in water levels?
Boaters often employ out-pilings and crossed-tied bow and stern lines, as well as spring lines, which allow the boat to float with the tide. It’s a hassle and also complicates the docking and boarding processes.
Florida-based SlideMoor Docking Systems LLC offers another solution. It uses tracks on pilings that allow sliding fenders and cleats to move up and down on the track as the boat rises and falls. Vessels less than 60 feet require only two SlideMoor Plus units (one at the stern cleat and one at the spring cleat). With a wide choice of fender sizes, tracks are available in lengths ranging from 8 to 20 feet for various tidal ranges. This makes docking and boarding much safer and easier.
SlideMoor recommends professional installation, but a competent DIYer can handle the job with the right tools and helping hands. —Jim Hendricks