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Old 29-04-2015, 19:01   #121
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Re: Docking a Full Keel Heavy Displacement Sailboat

formosa 41.. so i wouldnt know a thing about docking her after some 6 yrs of ownership....
midship line bow line then stern. adjust after you are still. approaching dock you have of course called on vhf radio to arrange for helpers,, and go for it . oonly way to do it is to practice
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Old 14-05-2015, 14:22   #122
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Re: Docking a Full Keel Heavy Displacement Sailboat

If you have a big rudder, you don't need as much speed/discharge current. reversing DEAD SLOW is advisable with an unbalanced rudder, especially with something like a large keel-hung rudder on a full keeler. With a tiller steer, she'll overpower you in a heartbeat. My rule of thumb is just enough power to overcome wind and/or current. I generally take the slow and steady approach.

If you are docking in a tidal steam or a river or somewhere like that, halt the vessel somewhere nearby with safe distances to maneuver all around her, and do practice runs. If you get sneers from other boaters, just remember that you are the worthy seaman in doing so.

Have at least your bow line lead aft, and I like to have a short and long stern ready for use. I will often secure a line, and then use the line as a lever to finish my maneuvers. If I need to secure a bow line but don't want it to pull the bow yet, I'll let it pass through an aft winch without a wrap until I am able to set it proper...

I would take this approach of a "dry run" many times when I had my first some large keelboat.
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Re: Docking a Full Keel Heavy Displacement Sailboat

Here in the eastern med reversing to a dock is standard. In crowded marinas this is often a bit tight and crossed anchor chains are common. I must admit to difficulty getting used to my Bavaria 42 in reverse - OK in no wind but there seems to be a weather rule which kicks up to 15kt on the side just as I start reversing. Most boats are Ok and helpful but occasionally someone gets upset that you have disturbed their anchor. I get it wrong about 1 in 5. Practice I suppose.
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Re: Docking a Full Keel Heavy Displacement Sailboat

just do not drive your sailboat as if you are parallel parking yer beemer.

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