If you think your Catalina 30
is tough to steer try a bigger fixed keel
that displaces double or triple that amount. I haven't read all the replies but in general:
- Request a different slip. Some slips are just harder to get into than others no matter how you slice it. No need to make your life harder than it is. Good pool players can
make tough shots, but in general they make easy shots, because they set up their shots in advance.
- Time with the tide. If you get screwed up it's a lot better to be screwed up at slack water
, or at least not at full current.
ahead and ask someone to be on the other boat, the dock, or both. If you ask the other boat, "Do you mind when I come in if I have a friend on there with a boat pole, wearing boat shoes to make sure we don't hit you" he'll probably give you a big smile and say "yes, please." The marina has in their contract
that they can board the other boat for help so they don't need to ask.
- Starboard side ties are crap and the minute you hit reverse (to slow down) your stern will swing out towards your (port side) neighbor.
- Give some thought to which mooring
line to toss out first. Either way you're going twist a bit, either bow to port or stern out to port.
- Have someone on the dock, get the lines out, make sure you've arrested forward progress, make sure no one is tugging like a dummy and making your life harder than it needs to be, and then be on that port side with a boat pole and/or fender
No one is handing out trophies for perfect landings and all that matters is you don't hurt your boat, your neighbor's boat, and anyone involved. Use fenders and boat poles. The occasional bounce off other boats slowly with fenders at a reasonable speed is fine. Even less bad on the ego and gelcoat
is pushing off it with a boat pole (aim for standing rigging
, not brightwork or loosely mounted features).
They don't build marinas
to make it easy for you to get in and out, and the first availability is always for the worst access slips. The better ones already have wait lists.