Getting on and off a dock easy too.
wind blowing on while landing come up beside it let the wind do the work.
Wind blowing off the dock when leaving strategically untie the lines and go. For instance if there are many lines out. set up the last 2 lines to be released nice and short. i.e run them from vessel around dock cleat and back to boat cleat. Then release all other lines and pull in remaining two. Again, this is preparing in advance.
Now getting off a dock when the wind is blowing on. Or onto a dock when wind is blowing off requires springs.
I helped some motor
boaters get off a fuel
dock recently - the wind was blowing strong onto the dock and they were unable to get off. An old salt
tried to help but as soon as they got going the wind blew them back against the dock. I showed them how to do a bow aft spring.
cleat line to bow ( was on starboard side)
cleat other end aft on dock.
slowly forward (he gunned it - start again)
by motoring slowly forward - the line becomes taught - stern off boat moves slowly away from dock.
when at decent angle instructed to reverse out into channel.
flipped line off dock threw to crew.
said he just learnt something new.
In the morning I did the same thing to get off single
handed - just have to run lines for and aft on deck
as well to retrieve...
I also mostly use old running rigging
for pre and post docking
manouvers - as they are lighter and disposable if something goes awry...
Getting onto a dock single handed when wind is "off-dock" is similar.
Nose up to dock - delicately hoverering at the optimum distance - walk nonchalantly to bow (run frantically) - flip the prepared line around post cleat etc.
Meanhwile the stern is getting blown off.
Again walk nonchalantly back to helm hit reverse outer engine
- stern slowly creeps back to dock - cleat off.
Now take time to set up proper dock lines/springs etc...