As every boater knows, dock lines are used to secure your craft to a dock, marina, or even another boat. What you need to know before you buy is what you’ll be using the lines for- temporary lines for when you are ‘at sea’ or for when you are tying up to your permanent slip. Transients are nylon lines with pre-spliced eyes that are stowed aboard and used when you tie up. The eye end is tossed to someone dockside who’ll pass it through a cleat or around a piling securely.
Permanent dock lines require a more custom fit in a particular slip, as chafe-guards will need to be attached at the correct intervals. These guards ensure long life for your lines, and a secure berth for your boat. There are other considerations when buying dock lines, and these include color and braided or three-strand preferences. Color choices may just be to coordinate with sail or trim features, while the construction of the rope itself determines how strong the line will be. Wholesale Marine’s customer representatives are boaters, too, and can advise you on what lines are best suited for your docking requirements.
Find solutions for all your dock rope and anchor line needs here. We've got nylon and poly anchor line, braided dock line, snubbers and snubber line, and accessories like line-winders and anchor hooks from brands you trust, including Taylor Made, Garelick, Kwik Tek, Davis Instruments, and more!
Dock Lines 101
Double braid nylon, also known as braid on braid or yacht braid, is actually two braided ropes combined into one rope. A braided core is covered with a braided jacket to produce a strong easy to handle rope. This rope is spliceable and very strong. Nylon double braid is the preferred choice for applications requiring high strength with excellent shock absorbing properties. Double braided nylon offer good abrasion resistance and stands up to use in sunlight and saltwater. Nylon will stretch when wet, but is preferred for shock loading applications such as tying up anchor and mooring lines.
When you need to keep a supply of multi-purpose dock lines on hand, Wholesale Marine has you covered. We stock everything boaters require to keep their vessels well-maintained and ready for their next voyage. Once you become a Wholesale Marine customer, our selection, experience, and customer service will keep you coming back, as often as you need us. When you require anything for your boat, give us a call. For same day, flat-rate shipping and our low price guarantee, call us at (877) 388-2628. We’re here Monday through Friday, from 9:00 AM until 6:00 PM, EST. Be sure to ask about our Captain’s Loyalty program for additional discounts every time you shop at Wholesale Marine.