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Old 02-11-2008, 02:59 PM
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Thanks for the responses so far. I know the rule of thumb shows 1/2" or bigger for a 38' boat. I was thinking along the lines of 3/8" myself being I am only tied up for short times in protected marinas and raft ups. I used 3/8" on my 29' Kryptonite and never had a problem. I used to have 4-15', 2-25, 1-50, and the anchor w/ line.
As far as fenders, I had 4-6" diameter fenders that were fine for the 29' but too small on my 38 so I just got 4 of the 8 1/2" ones.
I never go anywhere without my fenders and usually have a couple extra lines as well. In fact on the new boat I will probably have the small fenders tucked away....just in case.
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good idea to have covers on the fenders to, many times its overlooked.
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Thanks for the responses so far. I know the rule of thumb shows 1/2" or bigger for a 38' boat. I was thinking along the lines of 3/8" myself being I am only tied up for short times in protected marinas and raft ups. I used 3/8" on my 29' Kryptonite and never had a problem. I used to have 4-15', 2-25, 1-50, and the anchor w/ line.
As far as fenders, I had 4-6" diameter fenders that were fine for the 29' but too small on my 38 so I just got 4 of the 8 1/2" ones.
I never go anywhere without my fenders and usually have a couple extra lines as well. In fact on the new boat I will probably have the small fenders tucked away....just in case.
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I have 2-1/2 X 35'stoed in the Forward anchor locker
4-3/8" X 15 for each cleat 2 mid ship 2 stern
4- 8" fenders w/ 1/4"X 6' lines attached to pop in fender cleats.
200 feet of anchor line w/ 6' 3/8 chain attached
All my lines have my boat name embrodered on the eye. You can order them in Miami. I beleive they will be in the back tent.
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In our group we wont let someone raft up unless they have the soft bumper covers on them. One time had someone pull out a fender that had be under the back seat with sand and oil all over it and it tore my gel coat to pieces.
NO COVERS NO TIE UP!!!
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Old 02-11-2008, 08:49 PM
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I have a 30' boat and I carry a 35' line. In your case, you would need a 40'.
This will alow you to use 1 line while at a dock by looping around or behind a dock pole and still run the line from the bow to stern cleat. You can now tie off mid-ship with a short 8-10' spring line. This is clean, fast and works about 80% of the time.
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We carry (4) 35' x 1/2" and (4) 25' x 1/2". We hade them made to order by Miami Cordage. They are true double-braided lines with spliced loops, not the sewn-together type. They will make the lines any length you want, with any size loop you want. Prices are competive with (proper, not el-cheapo) ready-made lines, too!

The loops and ends are whipped in different colors on the long vs. the short lines so we know what we are grabbing with a quick glance. If you use true double-braid, 3/8" will be strong enough, but "It won't look right". You may want to carry a pair of 15' x 3/8" rafting lines if you tie up to boats with small cleats, though....
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Ive allways use the Samson lines.Ive found the 1/2 to big unless your in a storm, but the 3/8 still is rated to 3800lbs
http://www.samsonrope.com/index.cfm?...ope=103&inst=1

I bought this line to make up my fender lines,The 5/16 is rated to 8000lbs
http://www.samsonrope.com/index.cfm?...rope=95&inst=1




ck this out 6inch line
http://www.samsonrope.com/index.cfm?...rope=46&inst=1
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four 40' 1/2" lines (mooring lines); two 20' 3/8" lines (spares); one 75' 5/8" line (towing); 250' 1/2" line + 10' chain (anchoring);
two 3/8" poly-propylene with rings (man overboard)
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