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Old 21-08-2011, 20:09   #16
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Re: Boat Dock Line Barrier

I have seen all kinds of spiderweb arrangements.

Learn to dock your vessel and use the lines to move yourself in not as restraints.

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Old 21-08-2011, 20:18   #17
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Re: Boat Dock Line Barrier

Get some Dacron, put a truckers hitch on it and cinch it up real tight. It won't stretch much at all if and when the boat presses against it.
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Re: Boat Dock Line Barrier

Every docking situation is a challenge and different. Judging current and wind beforehand are very important. Going too slow is a problem... especially in big boats. Having a prop that will stop the boat quickly is a real help. I have often came in real hot relying on reverse to stop me in windy or curretn stuations. Think ahead about exiting in the same situation. You need to be real comfortable with your boat as you will have to make decisions with a few seconds notice.
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Old 22-08-2011, 15:20   #19
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My question would be; are any of these systems portable to my next slip? My thoughts learn to drive your boat; mishaps come along the way but you need to think out what you're going to do next along with other possible variables. In the end it all works out in the wash with practice, practice, practice. It's called basic boating skills (or for those who own a mast, seamanship).
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slips are all different--you have to see what you have in next one to determine what you will do then.
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slips are all different--you have to see what you have in next one to determine what you will do then.
Nonsense. If you can't maneuver your boat how can you complete a MOB drill? Throw a fender in the water on a 10 knot day then retrieve it. I can tell you you're docking skills will improve 100X's by the time you figure on how to master your helm, the current and the wind. Wait for it; all the skills you need to dock your boat in ANY situation.
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Re: Boat Dock Line Barrier

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.
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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.
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