Originally Posted by E.L.Green
I have a setup that forms a triangle to make it easier docking when i am solo which is 99 percent of the time. Also it stops the boat from bumping the bulkhead if you have a tailwind. I can dock fine without it, it just makes it a little easier.
I have a preset docking line that runs in the slip from bow to stern, with a figure-8 loop and a carabiner in it. Then I have a harp shackle on the toerail. Clip the carabiner into the toerail and the boat isn't going anywhere.
Away from home I have a midline I can throw around a piling. Once again, the boat isn't going anywhere. I can dock the boat by myself, and that's important. The person with me might not know much about docking. Or they could have sprained their ankle while we were out and be of no help.
It's really important to be able to dock your boat safely by yourself.