I recently had some docking
experience with a new (to me) heavy boat.
I carefully briefed my crew about what to expect and what not to do. (particularly about getting body parts
between the boat and a hard place, and how to fend off by absorbing the energy over a distance and how I could fix the boat but not them and how it was all insured).
We also discussed where I expected the boat to go and what would be necessary when we got there.
Fenders, boat hook and appropriate rope
were also made ready.
I almost got it right but in the end I had to compromise by going in bow first. We turned the boat round the next day.
However this was the time that I found out that all was not well with my gearbox
Several expensive mechanics later I have found that :
1) A light gearbox
with a big engine
and heavy shaft and propellor is not a good match.
2) It is difficult to accuratly select forward/neutral/reverse when the clutch
3) If the clutch
is stuffed then no amount of adjustment will fix it.
So I guess my advice would be to make sure that all is well in the above departments before trying a strange dock!