When aboard a boat, ropes are no longer called ropes, they are called lines.  

What is a dock line?

Dock lines are ropes that are used to secure a vessel to a dock or pier.

What are the 3 basic dock line types?

  • A bow line to secure the bow.
  • A stern line to secure the stern.
  • At least one spring line to reduce fore-and-aft movement.
bow line - stern line - spring line
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