We recently got a note from Randy Sysol who just traded his 34’, 12-ton fiberglass Californian trawler for a 55’, 50-ton custom steel trawler made by Yachtsmiths in Nova Scotia. Yahoo!!! Because his new beauty is a pretty sizable boat, he ties her to the dock with five, 1” thick dock lines.
The problem is, in the marina where he is docked (Ensenada, Mexico) there is a significant surge during the winter – enough so that, as Randy says, “The stress on the lines and cleats is impressive to say the least.” He went on to say, “We’re looking for a quality snubber solution that would reduce the strain on the docklines and cleats. We’re also hoping that the product would eliminate the creaking of the lines when under pressure. Our steel hull likes to amplify this sound and it makes for a long night when the boat is moving a lot. Can you suggest the proper product or products from your company that could help us?”
In reality, the Shockles Line Snubber would be hard pressed to completely solve this problem on a boat so heavy. So we put our heads together and came up with the perfect solution: we made up some custom ‘double Shockles’ for Randy and his boat, Antipodes.
By hitching two Line Snubbers side by side onto one carabiner, we were able to double the shock absorbing characteristics of the Shockles—more than enough to take both the stress and the noise from his dock lines and hardware. He attached them to his five lines using LineGrabbers so that he could easily adjust them for just the right amount of tension.
Randy and Antipodes are now happily sitting at the dock, safe, quiet and secure while the ocean swirls around them.