Originally Posted by rancher44
I also do a lot of single handed sailing . I also have a little trick I use when getting ready to tie up to my slip . I tie a line to a block mid ships and a block aft then I use a line attached to the electric wench . I take the line and tie a loop in the end . As I come to the dock[after putting my fenders out]I slow to a crawl or stop and put the loop over a piling . Then I wench in the line and that pullls the boat to slip so I can get off and attach the dock
line to boat with out any stress.
I do similar; except with a strong nylon line around amidship to a loop dropped over to the bottom of a post on the dock further aft. With loops in the line spliced to the correct length I use the engine
/ propellor power to swing the boat in to the dock. It can sit there in gear
going nowhere pulling on the rope
until other mooring
lines are made fast. Nylon of course has a little stretch.
That way using motor
power it will pull you in to the dock even in a strong cross wind
That is an adaption of the method I've seen small ferries and other small commercial
boat operators using. Often they will sit in gear
with the motor
running pulling them into a pier on a more or less central line while they pick up passengers.
Like you I use an electric halyard winch
for the main. If you pull one side of the lazy jacks in around a reefing horn on the gooseneck, you can raise the main without snagging if you point into the wind
a little to one side so the sail blows over to the side with the retracted lazy Jack. Later when convenient you can reset that side lazy Jack before you again drop the main.