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    docking lines/ropes

    OK, this is a strange question. May even be consider dumb. I new at this, so be gentle.
    Why wouldn't you use steel cable instead of ropes for docking. Other than the rusting issue. I can't understand why this is not being done. However, I have NEVER seen anyone using cables. I ask because I need some new ropes and I have a LOT of steel cable.
    Any info or or enlightenment would be appreciated. Thanks!!

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    rope is non-abrasive and easier to handle and as you pointed out doesn't rust or splinter.
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    Some spring/give is necessary to cushion the constant back and forth movement when tied up. If you used non streching steel cable the jerking would eventually damage the boat. Also be very uncomfortable to the occupants.
    The fries are cold so we gave you extra.

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    How would you tie your knots in a steel braided cable?
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    Quote Originally Posted by GoVols View Post
    How would you tie your knots in a steel braided cable?
    With strength and determination
    The fries are cold so we gave you extra.

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    Better spliced, but why? Rope is far better.
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    The dock owner where I used to be actually got tired of one of the big houseboats breaking the undersized lines that the owner used and made up steel cables to hold his boat in the slip. Since the guy never took the boat out, it worked for him.

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    Rough on the boat and dock if there is any movement
    The fries are cold so we gave you extra.

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    Cannot imagine steel cable. I have poly now and am switching to nylon to lessen the jerk when a rope reaches its maximum. In wavy conditions steel could be nothing but bad on the dock and boat.

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    It was a side tie, so it was only tied on one side and it was tucked back in a cove. I thought it was a bit weird, but so was the marina owner.

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