Originally Posted by Panama Rob
I took her out this past weekend and spent the night on the hook. I've been in power boats with shallow draft
for years....it takes a lot of getting used to. I am ok in open waters but my heart races around the docks. She doesnt manuever like I am used to especially when I back her up. I did accidentally stick a perfect dockage when I got her home. I don't know what I did but she started going where I wanted so I went with it...in front of a witness at that. I am solo sailing so docking is stressful. Attached are pics of music and my best friend's Menger tug "Good Gurl Annie". We cruised out to dinner then rafted up at anchor
for the night.
I solo dock
too. In fact, if anyone is with me I beg them to not help.
What I do is I have a double ended spring line running between the dock and a piling. I have already determined the right place to put the carabiner on ie, in a figure-8 loop. I latch it on to boat where I want it when I'm docking, somewhere amidships, and then tie it off to the piling and the dock.
don't ever let anyone change that line.
Then you come in slow, use reverse or neutral to get her more or less where you want her to be, and grab that double-ended line with the carabiner in it. you pull the boat forward or back with the line until that carabiner is where you want it, and latch it on.
Badda bing, badda boom, the boat is secure. It can't drift backwards and It can't go forward and ram itself on the main dock. It would probably LIKE to, because boats love to see us blush, swear and even completely lose it while docking.
So your boat may hate that line, but you will love it.
Then you can take your time with the rest of the lines. Mark each of them with zip ties when you know exactly how tight you want them.
I guarantee you that if anyone else helps, you will have to go back and redo what they did.
This is what I do, and I dazzle people (really) with my docking ability. What dazzles them is no swearing, no tears of frustration, and no boat trying to park itself on land via the main dock.