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Old 05-11-2010, 00:55   #16
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Lovely boat.
Hint for docking. Always approach from leeward using the wind as your handbrake

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Old 05-11-2010, 01:14   #17
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For docking, I've got a couple of suggestions.

1) Never approach a dock faster than you want to hit it.
2) Irregardless of #1, sometimes power is called for when wind and current are trying to take control.
3) Figure out which way your stern backs. Rudders don't usually work too well in reverse, and when slowing down, the stern tends to walk one way or the other. It's usually to port in American built boats, but just make sure.
4) As mentioned earlier, practice away from a dock (man overboard drills with fenders, or 'rubber docking' drills are great).

Good luck, and remember to keep thinking 'what would I do if ___ happens?'

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Old 05-11-2010, 05:10   #19
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Talking about docking and a new boat.

When I got this one I had to go straight to the fuel wharf and nearly ended the relationship with Sea Life right then and there!!

So we went out into the lagoon - it was flat - and started from the beginning one the engine: straight line, turn port, turn starboard, full circle P and full starboard, in gear, out of gear but with way, no way etc. Then in astern... all of it. Then astern figure of 8's
then to a mooring buoy conveniently placed, then the same in astern, over and over and over till I thought I had this boat down pat....

In the first few months I often would do some astern figure of 8's (reminds me I havent done them for a while!!).

It sure as hell doesnt make me perfect, but my docking now I am solo is OK. BTW had to pick up the pick yesterday in a crowded anchorage in 25 knots when I thought I was dragging. That was interesting doing it solo. No damage, no injuries so it must have been a winner Dropped the boat back in the exact same spot but with lots of extra chain out, and stuck That felt good!
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Thanks all.

Yes, on the way from the yard to the marina I will practice backing, propwalk, figuring how long she coast, etc, in the wide open to figure out how she handles.

I will not fight it the first time and show up at the dock at a slack tide since we have quite a bit of current around here.

Leaving tomorrow to head up to Maine!
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Leaving tomorrow to head up to Maine!
Have fun!!!!!! Its an exciting time for you
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Best advice I saw on a recent post - Engine Failed in a Narrow Entry to a Finger Pontoon.
He dropped the anchor. Secured the boat temporarily, and had time to get a tow from a passing boat. Even rowing ashore with a light line is better than drifting into whatever wind and current have chosen for you.
Consider an light anchor you can deploy from, or near, the cockpit. Over the back is probably the best place and gives you time to get the forrard anchor deployed before you drift or drag too far.
Then you can make a considered decision.
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Aloha and welcome aboard!
She is a beauty. Congratulations. As everyone has said, getting in and out of a slip well just takes a lot of practice. A word of advice, don't do it after a few too many cocktails if it involves a tricky maneuver. Don't ask me how I know.
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