Capt. Scott Goodwin

Capt. Scott Goodwin
Jan 11, 2007
Merritt Island, Florida
Capt. Scott Goodwin
Morgan 24, Glasser 16'8
Dock Lines Tip – How To Throw The Rope
Here is a great way to throw dock lines to a piling or cleat on the dock without having to be a professional cowboy.  Often times when docking a boat, getting the first dock line to the dock can be challenging, especially if it is windy or the current is strong.  Often in these conditions, your first attempt needs to work or the boat can get in trouble.
I learned this method years ago while traveling and it works great.

Use dock lines that are twice the length you need to reach the dock so that you have enough length to throw it.  Grab the two ends using a couple of fingers on each hand. One end of the rope needs to have a loop either spliced or with a bowline.  These ends will remain in your hand when you throw the line and will be held separately from the coils of rope...

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