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Old 05-05-2010, 08:43   #31
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I suspect Boatman's got the best plan. Your slip is well sheltered from the bottom and right sides of the picture. If you're going to get shoved by wind or current, it's probably going to come from the top or the left. That will help you get into the slip, but work against you getting out. Backing out against wind/current is a bear. Driving forward is much easier. Set up on the right side of the channel coming in. Aim right for the walkway at the head of the fairway. Cut a hard left turn just as you approach the walkway and back down. Captain Ron would be proud. If you bounce off the walkway at the head of the fairway, no big deal. Your fenders were rigged to starboard anyway.

So the short answer is that by having a walkway on two sides of your slip, you're getting one of the easiest places to dock in the marina.

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If you add up all of the chagrin you will ever feel walking the boat out of and into the slip and multiply it by 10, it will almost equal your embarrassment accrued by crashing.
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And I would still spend as much time as it took to figure out how to back into and out of that slip without touching the dock. And I'd endure all of the running and yelling until I got it. And when I was done I would feel it was worth it even though it really wasn't. And then I'd get drunk and tell everyone how I backed the boat out under hurricane force (5 kts) winds, swerving between murderous sea lions and great white sharks so I could save a damsel in distress.
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If you add up all of the chagrin you will ever feel walking the boat out of and into the slip and multiply it by 10, it will almost equal your embarrassment accrued by crashing.
If you know how to handle your boat why would you "Crash"....?
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