The J/27 slips at the east end of the docks are the most exposed and take the brunt of powerboat wakes and wind generated waves. In addition, they are narrow so there is not a lot of space between the boats. It can be a challenge to tie up the boats in a manner that will avoid damage. The boat needs to be straight in the slip. Use the bow and stern lines to make the centerline of the boat parallel to the finger pier.

Staggering the Masts

To avoid mast collisions when the boats roll in waves, use the spring lines to position the mast in line with the white square on the dock. This will ensure that the mast is offset from the boats on either side.
Dock Diagram


Tie fenders to the base of the lifeline stanchions using a round turn and two half hitches. There should be 2 large fenders for the side of the boat facing the finger pier. Don’t tie fenders to the lifelines or upper part of the stanchions. This will avoid damaging them when the boat rolls in waves and the fender gets trapped between the dock and boat.

Placement of Fenders

If there is a third fender, tie it high on the rail on the opposite side in case there is contact with the neighboring boat when docking.

Use the stern line that is on opposite side of the dock for a better angle. This will cross the stern line of the boat on the other side of the finger pier.

Use the horn cleat on the track for the aft spring line. 

The forward spring line can be tied to the base of the forward most stanchion using a round turn and two half hitches. It’s important not to tie it higher which could bend the stanchion if the line loads up.

The bow cleat is big enough to cleat one bow line in the normal way and then do the same for the second one.

Before leaving the boat, check that:

The mast is lined up with the white square on the dock and the springs lines are tight enough to keep it there.

The boat is parallel to the finger pier. Adjust the bow and stern lines if needed.

The stern line is tight enough to avoid hitting the neighboring boat.

The photo below is an example of a bad tie up. The stern line is too loose along with some creative knots used for the spring lines.