Ropes on the dock are useless, except for adding more for the night.
The ropes only have to be long enough to tie to a dock, my aft rope was ALWAYS just short of the rear cleats so as not to tangle.
Dock hand? Fine but when you are alone it is ALWAYS better to have the plane in your hand (the ropes attached to the aircraft) rather than the dock! You step out onto the float, grab the ropes and step onto the dock/shore with the aircraft under control and ready to tie. In 5000+ hr float I've NEVER had a rope tangle or plane drift off.
My longer shore rope was always wrapped and stowed under my seat for easy access when needed. It was quick and easy to tie on when needed; don't coil the rope around your arm and tie to store, it won't throw without tangling. [b][b]Lay it up over your hand back and forth in loops, use the free end to tie it off. It unties easy and leaves the free end to hold/tie off, the rest ready to throw without tangles.
AHH... the voice of experience always says it best, great advice, Bushav8er.
I have a 2 ft length (approx) of rope dangling from the tie down ring outboard of the strut under each wing.
The ends have a nautical loop with a knot at its base to keep the rope from flapping in flight and hitting the underside of the wing.
The knot(s) provide a quick grab hold when handling the plane at the dock.
They are at the right height for someone to grab the wing long before the floats get to the the dock in gusty conditions.
The previous owner had a similar set of short danglers at the wing tips, but they were too much, and not very useful from a practical standpoint, and I removed them.
I use the inboard danglers as a lower tie down point, when out of the water and leave them on while on wheels or skis for this reason.
Come to think of it, the same type of dangler at the tail, like the Beaver in the pic would be very useful also. Maybe a bit shorter, to keep it out of the water when parked, especially so in salt water to minimize slimy colonization of marine life on the rope end, and to keep it from whipping back and forth in flight, like the one in the pic seems to be doing.
On the other hand, this Beaver has a stinger at the tail, wonder if there is an STC for that? and even though the rope is useful to whip the tail around, the stinger, like in a C-185, is more than adequate to accomplish that.
I would be concerned that the rope could become entangled or stuck in the space between the tail and the rudder or the tail and the elevator in some freak way, with disastrous consequences. Murphy's Law and all that...
So, anyone ever see a Stinger on a Beaver, with or without an STC, any drawings around the pond?
It sure would be easier on the tail cone.