Interesting thread with lots of wisdom that I won't repeat. I will offer a couple tactics for consideration, one that I've used, another that a wiser, more experienced sailor taught.
First, have a stern anchor
at the ready. Doesn't have to be much of an anchor
, just a lunch hook works fine. Drop it as you sail in to the slip and then use the rode
as a brake. Much preferred over riding the bow up on a concrete wall (saw that method used once - not pretty
Second, if you choose the dinghy
method, tie it alongside facing the opposite direction. Then back the dinghy
to move the boat forward. Not much power in reverse, but you have a lot of extra power to stop the sailboat when needed.
I'll also second the notion of practice. We've spent many family
sailing outings practicing various maneuvers: MOB
etc. All safely out in the middle of nowhere. Tried to make a game
of it to keep it fun and interesting. Paid off many times over.