None of this matter in a millpond. As long as there's no wind
, no current
and the water
is smooth enough to shave in, it doesn't matter how you come in. In that case, sure, go slow.
The only time it matters is when the wind is making it hard to hear, blowing you sideways off the dock
. Or onto the dock. Or into the dock.
I'm not interested in advice from fair weather
. I can figure that out on the spot.
On another note, before docking, we have a chat. I talk to the crew and we talk about what we're about to do and how we're going to do it.
One of the things I tell them is that if there's someone on the dock (and sometimes there is, from our club) trying to help, ignore them. Do your job. Don't pass them a line, and for god's sake, don't listen to them.
The reason we don't use folks on the dock is simply because they weren't party to our little chat, and therefore they don't know the plan, not because they're incompetent or unwilling. (Although they are frequently incompetent, especially in State Parks.)
Again, it doesn't matter on mirror-smooth, no wind approaches. But no one gets to help when the storm is coming in.
Why would anyone want to talk about easy docking?
The only time I've had to fend off another boat is when I came in too slow, stopped two feet off the dock, couldn't do anything, threw it in full reverse to get out and the wind blew me across the slip faster than I wrote this paragraph.