Anyone have a trick? I’m tired of pulling into a marina and having to go through the...”no, that one with bird poop stain on it is only 20’.”

I briefly considered doing different colors for different lengths, but the that looks kind of ramshackle when we’re visiting another marina. Anyway, figure someone here would be smart enough to have already figured something out.

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Star Bright "Dip it Whip it" liquid line whipping. It comes in several colors. 

Matt, I went white with blue trace on my springs, dark blue on my stern lines. I don't normally tie up outside a slip but when I do my spring lines double as my bow lines as both those and my stern lines are long enough to tie and return to a  mid spring cleat or an aft spring cleat as needed. Obviously those are the two colors that match the blue and white on my boat. Easy to give directions, starboard white..., port blue... if someone cannot understand port and starboard I don't want them handling my lines. LOL. BTW I bought my lines in bulk and learned to spliced my own double braid after watching two videos on you tube. HUGE savings and my lines are exactly the length I wanted. Now I splice all my own lines (spares, fender line, emergency throw line and towing lines for other boats as well as my RIB). West marine has a fantastic 7/16" double braid poly line that floats and is easy on the hands that is fantastic for a towable inflatable. I have even made a few bucks splicing lines for my friends, usually paid in a case of beer or a bottle!! Hope your season went well.

Splicing is a lost art. I learned by watching my father, my sons learned by watching me. Today most people will pay the marina to splice their lines for them.

I leave all my dock lines on the dock. The lines on my boat are all spliced on one end and dipped on the other. Green for lines 30-40 feet, black for lines 20 to 30 feet, red for lines under 20 feet. Most of the lines are double braid, blue to match the boat colors. I do have a few three strand lines. 

When I was in college, knowing how to splice thee stranded line was an invaluable skill. If you can splice three stranded line, you can braid hair. And here were all these girls in the dorm, first time away from home, and no Mom to braid their hair...Just Me...

I agree Nat, it is a lost art. I learned three strand splicing as a young man from my Dad but could not believe how easy splicing double braid was. If you can read a ruler you can splice them yourself. So much cheaper and as soon as my lines look tired I just splice up new ones!

Nat Brady said:

Splicing is a lost art. I learned by watching my father, my sons learned by watching me. Today most people will pay the marina to splice their lines for them.

I leave all my dock lines on the dock. The lines on my boat are all spliced on one end and dipped on the other. Green for lines 30-40 feet, black for lines 20 to 30 feet, red for lines under 20 feet. Most of the lines are double braid, blue to match the boat colors. I do have a few three strand lines. 

When I was in college, knowing how to splice thee stranded line was an invaluable skill. If you can splice three stranded line, you can braid hair. And here were all these girls in the dorm, first time away from home, and no Mom to braid their hair...Just Me...

Matt, what is wrong with color code method. I have used it for a while and it works well when you have a crew member on board who is not familiar with what line to use.  .  Besides when you go to a different marina people are not looking at your lines but your Chris Craft Commander.  All the other ideas are great.

Take a permanent marker and draw 2 lines at some point around the line. I do it by the loop. Dave

I simply colored the tape at the end of my long lines red, the short are white. 

This is a great idea for lines that are stored. I always have 6 lines on cleats, hanging on the railing (3 per side). Coiled neatly, I've never felt the need to store them when under way.

Figured I’d close the loop on this since I came up with what I think is a pretty slick solution. Using a basic label maker, print whatever you want, wrap it around, and seal with some clear shrink tubing. Easy and neat!

Hi Matt,

All of my lines were white/gold braid except the spring line, it was black making it impossible to grab the wrong one. Another big help is to innovate line holders on the pilings and vertical supports for each line. Bent metal hooks attached with screws, clamps, metal strapping, or heavy wire ties work great and then each line has it's place as they come off and go back on, plus it keeps them off of the piers and out of the water. I like a lot of lines, and numbered them with a laundry maker and had a little chart of what line went where to make it easy for the next season. I used to wash them with fabric softener over the off season but the marker comes off or is hard to read, you can safety pin on plastic tags with the numbers.  You mention travel, I kept a complete set of old but still good lines onboard, so I did not have to remove my permanent set. And where did I learn all of these habits? I was just a few slips down from Dick Morland for ten years. 

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