Doubling a line can be very helpful when you are leaving a dock at Grand Lake.

It allows everyone to be onboard when leaving rather than having a crew member un-cleat the dock line and jump on board.

To double the line when docking, attach the loop end of the dock line to the appropriate cleat on the boat.

Then pass the line around the dock cleat and back to the boat attaching to the same cleat on the boat where the loop end was attached.

Make sure there are no knots in the line that would snag on the cleat when it is released to leave the dock.

When leaving the dock, gradually release the non-loop end as the boat leaves and then let it go free so the line will slip past the dock cleat.

Quickly bring it onboard to avoid it getting caught in the propeller.

Interested in becoming more confident in your boating skills?  The United States Power Squadrons offers many courses such as weather, seamanship, navigation, marine mechanics and marine electronics online and in the classroom. For more information contact Susie Holden, Grand Lake Sail & Power Squadron, at 918.801.3717 or e-mail [email protected]  Also visit our website at: usps.org/grand lake