Here are a few simple tips for tying your boat to the dock. Boat docks can be either concrete or wood. If you choose wood then make sure that you are prepared to deal with the rotting and swelling of the dock and also the possibility of termites eating your wood. If you choose concrete then be prepared for the chance of having a big hole in the concrete where the boat will be tied to. The other option is to have your boat towed into a dry dock and have it tied there but be prepared to spend a lot of money to do that.
You will need the following tools: A length of rope, a line, a hook, a pin and a drop line or wire. The length of the line will be determined by the size of your boat. The hook and the pin should be placed on the opposite ends of the boat. There is a small rubber device on most boats, which is called a stop to prevent the line from relaxing so much as it might otherwise do if tied to the end of the dock.
Start by lowering the boat to the water. When it has been lowered enough to stand upright then tie the boat to the end of the dock. This is done using the pin or a stop. Be very careful when you do this. It can be dangerous to lower the boat to the dock without first lowering the anchor.
Once the boat is safely tied to the dock, you can proceed to raise the boat up into the water. Start by raising the boat up into the air while making sure that the mooring bolts are in good position. Lower the boat gradually until it is level with the water. This is done using the chain or rope.
When you have finished raising the boat into the air, tie it to the dock. Make sure that the chain is tight at all times. When the boat is successfully tied to the dock then you can start reeling the boat in. The chain should be snug but not tight enough that the boat will tip over backwards.
These are just a few simple steps. You will need more detailed instructions depending on the size and type of boat that you have. If possible, talk to someone who is more experienced with boating before taking on such a task. It can save you a lot of grief. Remember that safety is paramount.