I had a boat come into the berth a couple down from me the other day, i could see the skipper
was struggling to berth the boat, he was fighting both the prevailing wind
and his prop walk, coming from the other side would have been so much simpler.
Being the good soul that I am, I went to fend off his transom which was scraping nicely along the finger . I got his transom off and took his aft line which he asked to place on the mid finger cleat, which i did, next i got another line tossed at me from the bow, which was tangled on other lines and through the guard rails, at this point the nose of his boat is resting on the boat on his other side.
I was slowly pulling him off with a slight turn around the finger cleat, when one of his crew jumps off and panickly shouts at me to take a turn and give instructions on how to tie the line off on the cleat, so i just tied it off and left him slowly getting tangled with the boat next to him.
Next they eventually manage to pull the boat in, lines all over the place, with no real order, tied to all sorts.
This marina is very rolly, he puts all his fenders out, with the tops maybe six inches from the top of the finger. I suggested he maybe raise them so they dont get trapped, i get a grunt, so leave.
I woke up this morning and their guard rail is gone and the fenders are tied to the stanchions , with the fenders now mid way to the top of the finger.
Sometimes you are better saying nothing and not trying to help!