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Old 01-10-2014, 10:47   #16
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Do you understand prop walk in reverse? Do you know which way yours is?

The other great skill is to spin a sailboat in its own length by giving agressive shots of forward and reverse with the wheel hard over. This has gotten me out of bad spots.
Careful you don't stall the boat doing this... I've done it once or twice by tossing it into reverse while going a bit too fast forward and giving a bit too much reverse throttle... Too much resistance for a small auxiliary motor. And stalling out two feet from the dock, well that sucks.. Fortunately diesels start warm super easy but you do have to think quick.
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Panamax,

Go out and do reverse figure of 8's untill you can do them fine. It teaches the boat how to obey your commands. You don't need a paid lesson.


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Old 01-10-2014, 21:00   #18
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Thanks all. Some great advice. A couple of lessons learned so far:

1. First time in I tried to judge my speed on entry to be stopped at the right place in the slip. Big mistake to lose steerage way.
2. Be ready for the prop walk when you throw her into reverse. Was set up perfectly and just as the wife jumped to the pier, the ass end pulls stbd.

I really like the idea of a midships line with a loop. I might try that one. Would be much safer than the wife abandoning ship to tie us up.

Ok....and just one confession. Do not try to get underway with a bow line still tied up. It's both ineffective and embarrassing. 😛
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Docking.....I knew that.
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Old 02-10-2014, 01:33   #20
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Ok....and just one confession. Do not try to get underway with a bow line still tied up. It's both ineffective and embarrassing.
Mate, that one isn't nearly as bad as failing to unplug the shore power plug! Or failing to release the line that tied the inflatable to the dock as we towed it away.

There are an infinite number of ways to stuff things up. Only a real sailor can smile while describing his misadventures!

Hang in there... better times coming!

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Old 02-10-2014, 02:35   #21
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I really like the idea of a midships line with a loop. I might try that one. Would be much safer than the wife abandoning ship to tie us up.

Ok....and just one confession. Do not try to get underway with a bow line still tied up. It's both ineffective and embarrassing. 😛

Yes nothing puts a lady off like getting squashed like a fender. (Or man for that matter!) And yes I've done it and can say for sure I think it's foolish because I did get hurt.

If forgetting the bow lines are your worst sin your first 6 months you are golden. Look at it this way. I just recently helped a guy tie up when he couldn't recall which way the tiller went for reverse. He's new and miraculously didn't hit anyone but was quite embarrassed someone saw his donuts. I laughed because I did that once upon a time and recognized the silliness.

Does your boat have a saildrive? I don't see much discussion on starboard prop walk. I have the same and give it some port rudder to offset it. Most boats go to port in reverse. In fact I have it posted should someone ever need to move my boat but they'd have to find the key on the raw water intake seacock.

Remember how the rudder behaves depends on the direction the boat is moving not the gear.







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Practice practice.. Its a good way to learn how to pick up a MOB.

Thinking of that, next time you are out, throw a lifejacket in the water and use it for MOB practice. The better you get at stopping at your MOB, the better you will be with mooring.
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After thinking about it......I can imagine someone with a longer boat than mine being very nervous. I felt like my 26' didn't have enough room on my first few attempts at docking last weekend. After I got the feel of the rudder and working the outboard, it got a to be fairly easy. If I was trying it with a larger boat, I would have been spilling cookies.
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Sailcruiser, you"ll have to forgive my nautical dyslexia. I meant the she pulled port. You would think that 26 years in the Navy would have taught me right from left.��

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Careful you don't stall the boat doing this... I've done it once or twice by tossing it into reverse while going a bit too fast forward and giving a bit too much reverse throttle... Too much resistance for a small auxiliary motor. And stalling out two feet from the dock, well that sucks.. Fortunately diesels start warm super easy but you do have to think quick.

Sounds like they are describing a standing turn and if so you really don't ever get any real speed going, a full keeler needs this skill, I guess 36' Hunter might, but not so much
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I don't know that the nerves ever completely go away. You didn't stipulate which part of the docking process gives you the most anxiety or whether it's the whole thing start to finish or whether getting into the slip is worse than coming out.

One idea is to load up on fenders and float your inflated dinghy across the end of your slip (or run a line across the slip with a fender floating in the middle). After that it's like learning how to ride a bike with training wheels until you get more comfortable with it.

If that's not practical, then as others have suggested, find a buoy in the channel and practice approaching it from the same direction as your slip is oriented.

PS. How long did it take you to get comfortable parallel parking or merging onto a freeway when you got your driver's license? Some things just take a lot of practice.
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Ok, now I am really confusing the audience....delete last post.....no sail drive.....I meant to address SAILCRUISER.

LOL no worries my friend. I still go through 'port wine is red and port has 4 letters= left' when I'm tired.

So change up advice to give it rudder to the opposite side of your prop walk noting what direction you are moving. 😉



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