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Tee studs and Dollies

Hi, as a newbie to the boating world, why have Tee studs at the bow and Dollies at the stern? I find that the Tee stud is easier to attach mooring ropes, as you can get a good figure of eight around it. Is there a practical reason why Tee studs can not be used at the stern? Many thanks.

Asked by: Anthony Burnell  | 10.30am, Sunday 17 October

WW says:

Generally, the answer is a mixture of asthetics and tradition! Many cruiser-sterned narrowboats have T-studs at the stern (mine does!), but lots of traditional narrowboats have dollies.
There is no reason for not having T-studs at the stern- and I generally prefer them, but each to their own. Dollies are more traditional, in theory, but many people also do very non-trad things with their boats, like putting mooring lines over tiller pins, rather than removing them and placing them on the cabin top... so if you want T-studs, go for it!

Mark Langley  | 1.13PM, Sunday 17 October

As Mark says, it is purely tradition. BCN Tugs quite often had swiveling hooks at the stern, which are even harder to use for mooring up, but great for dropping a towing rope eye onto! Dollies are good for both towing and mooring up. A clove hitch or Boaters hitch will secure a rope firmly onto a dolly.
Tee studs would look odd on a trad style boat, but would be fine on a cruiser stern.

Rupert Smedley  | 12.59PM, Monday 8 November

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