I have always been on a dock cleat with a dock that was permanent and also floating docks.
This will be the first time I will be on a dock with riser bars and rings.
I noticed most people had made an eye splice and kind of pulled it through itself to lock it on to the ring and wrapped the other end around the cleat on th boat. The when they go out, they just throw the line. Some has an eyesplice with a spring hook on it.
I will always want to just throw the lines from the boat with the fixed end on the riser ring - some way or another. I will be using 5/8" 3 strand twisted nylon. I have had good results with making eye splices on both ends and went through several hurricanes that way and never suffered any hull damage as a result.
Do any of you use riser rods and rings and if so, how do you tie your boat up?
Never wrecked a boat while awake or sober
My covered 60' slip is on a floating dock. I tie up to the dock posts holding the roof up. They're spaced every 10'. I'm supposed to have cleats, but the dumb marina has been telling me and my neighbors they're on backorder now for ~10 months. Stuipd me paid the full year's slip rental, so I don't have any bargaining power at this point to get them installed. I can't stand having to tie all the dock lines when I come in / out of the slip. I slip most of the ropes over my boat's cleats and leave the lines at the dock, except for my bow and stern lines, which I have to tie up all the time.
16x66 Sailabration on Percy Priest Lake near Nashville.
I think you will find you will be better off tying to the posts. Cleats will probably be a bit low compared to your deck height causing jerking against dock and boat cleats since the boat and dock move independently. I have the same scenario and tie my lines straight across from my deck cleats. I always leave all my lines at the dock.
Dan Lake Monroe Bloomington, IN 1986 Gibson 50' Twin 454's