Dock Boat Shock Absorber-Snubber Tie Configuration
Category: Mooring, boat slips, dock lines, wave motion dampers, shock reduction
Problem: A number of years ago the water in Lake Lanier was very low so I had to take my boat over to a marina where it was exposed to more wind and waves than at my dock. I wanted the boat, as it was tossed to and fro, to not be jerked up short as the mooring lines became taught, putting excessive strain on the cleats. I purchased 4 mooring shock absorbers that had a loop on either end to secure them. At the time I wanted to be able to easily adjust the distance the shock absorber could stretch.
Action: I devised a way to take the mooring line and, through the use of some easy to untie slip knots secure one end of the shock absorber, then leave enough slack in the line so that it became taut before the shock absorber was fully extended, and then tied the reminder of the line in a similar knot to the loop in the other end of the shock absorber with the rest of the line going to the dock. So now I had one continuous line connected to the boat from the dock in case the rubber shock absorber broke. One actually did after a few months. Also, when I moved my boat back to my dock, I could easily reposition the shock absorbers.
Result: It worked great at that mooring and worked great at my dock!
Additional Thoughts: As far as I am concerned, shock absorbers are really essential, particularly if one is spending time on the boat while it is moored. In addition to reducing strain on the cleats, it creates a lulling motion within the boat itself as it smoothly moves from one side to the other. Well worth the money!
When idea was conceived: 8/15/2011
How much time it took to develop: 2 hours
How much money it took to develop: $80.00 Approximate cost of shock absorbers
Current status: Available for use. At my dock, where my boat was, the bow and stern mooring lines were still using the shock absorbers, even though it was moored only on one side.
Since it was originally done: