Types of Boat Whips. Is your boat secured to your boat dock? If you don’t protect your boat, you’ll find dents, scratches, and dings on it. Can’t you just get boat springs, dock lines, and padded dock bumpers? No, you need more protection than just that. You also need to invest in high quality and durable whip system for your boat.
Boat whip systems are affordable alternatives for boats, unlike boat lift systems, which can be costly. Boat whips or mooring lines consist of a marine rope or a line attached to a flexible pole and placed on the boat dock.
Some people invest in two boat whips, one for the stern and one for the bow. However, large watercraft may require three boat whips for the bow, stern, and middle to secure it. Boat whips have a spring tension, which enables them to secure their boat and away from the floating dock.
This creates a safety zone and makes your boat less prone to damage and scratches. Here are a few different types of boat whips we recommend you get:
1. Standard Boat Whips
Standard boat whips have spring lines and a malleable fiberglass pole. The base connects to the boat dock, and the spring lines connect to the boat.
2. Steel Boat Whips
Steel boat whips comprise of steel arms with a steel base and line. The whip system connects to the boat dock and the boat in the same manner as a standard boat whip system.
3. Boat-Mounted Whips
Boat-mounted whips or towing whips connect to the boat’s stern. You’ll find them on large yachts and smaller boats. This type of boat whip is used for towing, which is why you’ll find them on larger vessels. You can use them to tow your jet skis, for instance. They also free up space on the deck, eliminate the need for maintenance, and reduce the costs of installing a boat-mounted system on the rear of your vessel.
Once you have decided on the type of boat whip system that’s perfect for you, you need to familiarize yourself with the different parts of a boat whip.
Different Parts of Boat Whips
Boat whip systems have a base and a spring-action pole with a rope and a roller tip.
- Buy a boat whip with a base designed like a built-in cleat. You can easily create nautical twists.
- A spring-action pole is made from fiberglass and is extremely flexible. It can easily bend during high tide and windy conditions.
- You need to ensure the boat whip comes with a rope that you can double-braid. The rope attaches the boat to the whip to ensure it doesn’t move out of place and float away.
- The roller tip threads through to connect to the vessel. It ensures the line continues to move and enables your vessel to rock away from the floating dock while maintaining a good hold on it.