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12 or 14' dock whips for 2001 malibu sunsetter vlx for high winds?


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Our lake can get quite rough during the evenings and we just got a 2001 malibu vlx sunsetter.  I want to setup a whip system and have been trying to figure out if I should go with dock edge premium 12 (5000lbs) or 14'(10000lbs).  We are not always around and I really want to make sure the boat is safe. 

My tenancy is to go larger as hopefully that would do better for the wind but I just wanted to check. 

Is there any thing else I should consider when setting this up?  It looks like a spring line should be in place to prevent the boat from moving side to side. 

Thank you 

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For your boat I would go with the 14 footers.  I have the 12' and they are fine.  Note that the tension  on all the ropes is critical; the neighbour actually had his snap (18 foot Bayliner boat).  Also,  I'd run extra docking lines and extra large bumpers if you are leaving it.

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