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Old 16-07-2015, 08:00   #1
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Docking/Undocking with a cross-wind

I'm starting a new thread so not to hijack the current one.

I like the sliding harness concept, but does using a clip like in your picture mean the strap gets left behind on the dock?

Wouldn't it be better to have some sort of a release-able loop for the dock cleat end? Something like a halyard shackle with a line to the pin, so you can open the shackle from the boat. You could even have that line go back up to the bow cleat, so the shackle pin gets pulled when the strap slides far enough aft, and the whole assembly comes with the boat. That way, instead of a clip, you could use a regular pulley.

You'd want to keep it reasonably light, as that whole assembly will come swinging against the side of the boat after you've released, but if you're using soft shackles, the halyard shackle would be the only worry.

It's a bit complicated, but if you're moving slowly enough, then a stuck line or shackle would only make your boat pivot at the end of the finger. Worst case, you could release the shackle release line and the bow-stern harness line and let the whole thing slide away (just keep it out of your prop!).

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Old 16-07-2015, 10:12   #2
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Re: Docking/Undocking with a cross-wind

By halyard shackle, I think I mean a snap shackle


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Old 16-07-2015, 10:37   #3
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Re: Docking/Undocking with a cross-wind

In the Coast Guard I used a 6-8" tapered wooden peg with a lanyard on it. Bring the eye of the mooring line back over the standing part of the line (around the cleat) and feed the peg through the middle. The friction holds the line to the cleat. Easy slip.

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Old 16-07-2015, 14:15   #4
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Re: Docking/Undocking with a cross-wind

Hi Foozinator,

I like the quick release clip idea to make it even easier. I have posted below my original post to make it easier for readers to see what this thread is about:
Cheers, Dave

I always want to be able to get in and out of my berth in my L450, solo, when the wind is off the finger pier, so here is my patented method;

I have a 4,000kg dynena cord that I run from the aft to forward mooring cleats when needed and up to a flybridge winch so I can slacken or tension the line. The outer bollard on the finger pier has a line with a clip. The clip attaches to the line on the yacht.

As any cat driver knows once you have one point attached you can rotate around that. Going out I attach the clip at the bow and use the engines to rotate the stern in. I can then take all the dock lines off and use the engines to move out with the clip sliding along the line. When nearly out I can slacken the line and take the clip off or let the line run through the the clip but get it in quick so not to tangle the prop.

Coming in I rest the L450 on the well fendered outer downwind pole and easy the port stern back towards the clip (can see the stern on the L450 through the flybridge hatch). Have the line with a lot of slack. When in position grab the clip and attach to line and tighten. You now have full control using engines to slide back in.

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