Berthing Alongside Rope Length Guide

Berthing Alongside Rope Length Guide

Berthing Alongside Rope Length Guide2

1 = Stern Rope3 = Fore Spring5 = Forward Breast
2 = After Breast4 = After Spring6 = Bow Rope


The table below are the minimum recommeneded lengths for vessels berthed in tidal harbours. If you intend to visit a tidal harbour, please ensure that sufficent lengths of berthing lines are held on board. Consult area charts or ask the Harbour Master for information on the rise and fall of tides in that area.

BERTHING ALONGSIDE ROPE LENGTH GUIDE
Boat lengthDayboat6m8m10m12m14m16m
Head &
Stern Rope
6-10m9-12m12-16m15-20m18-24m21-28m24-32m
Fwd & Aft
breast Ropes
3-4m4-5m6m7-8m9m10-11m12m
Fwd & Aft
Spring Rope
6-7m8m10m12-13m15m17-18m20m


NOTE: If you are berthing alongside floating pontoons, then the above lengths can be reduced.