Taking up the slack

When there’s a foot or two of slack left on a mooring line that’s been made up, it’s always tempting to tidy up by popping a turn of the standing part (the section between your boat and the dock) around the cleat. Nine times out of ten this will work well enough, but if ever the weight comes on that rope, it will be totally impossible to let it go, or even ease it. However attractive, this apparently neat solution must be avoided like the Plagues of Egypt.