Hi all, Almost 11 years ago I decided to learn how to braid rope, and ended up creating custom length dock rope for my boat. I have used this setup now on two different boats - and although unconventional (e.g. does not use traditional spring lines or fenders) I can say over the last 11 years it has not let me down. Here are the advantages that have "paid" for themselves in time, hassle & appearance over and over: It is simple for novice guests to help tie up the boat without understanding the intricacies of spring lines, proper rope length, or how to tie off or coil the rope. I designed it so even in the worst weather conditions the boat stays in the middle of the slip and will not make contact with the dock. I can keep my fenders stowed away which helps when it's time to wash the boat as well as the overall appearance off the boat when it's in the slip. I don't have to worry about coiling excess dock lines on the dock. I don't have to stow ropes after I untie and the boat is underway (the ropes stay on the dock - with the exception of the bow ropes which are Velcro' d to the railing when under way). Here are a few things about my dock setup: I am on a fully floating dock - so I don't have to worry about tides / surges/ etc. I have two fingers on my dock. The boat is not overly "tight" or "loose" in my slip. I rotate the boat half way through the year (in the summer the boat is stearn first in the slip and in the winter the boat is bow first). There are 3 cleats on each finger - so I end up having six total ropes (3 on each side). Here are pictures of my setup (click for full image): - starboard looking forward - starboard midships - starboard looking back - port side looking back I utilized the following YouTube video's to teach myself the skill of rope braiding: Part 1 Part 2 I used all his techniques - except I found I could do it without having to use a fid. I also used New England Ropes for the dock line which has held up pretty good over the years (aside from getting a little stiff over time): https://www.neropes.com/products/anchoring-and-docking/product/detail/premium-3-strand-nylon/ Interested if anybody is skeptical of this method - has tried it - or thinks it has any downsides. The only downside I can think of is the time investment up front to make the ropes (and the sore fingers for a day after all that braiding). If you think of others disadvantages - I'll be happy to share if I have experienced them over the last 11 years of using this method. I do keep a full set of lines coiled in my rope locker for situations where I have to tie up temporarily at a guest dock, pump out dock or gas dock. This is only for my "home" dock.