Originally Posted by Palarran
To expand on this a little, it also helps to ease the stern lines before dropping the lazy lines. Typically we have about 3' of gap between the stern and quay because that's about how long our gangway
board reaches. There is no reason why you can't increase that to 6' before dropping them.
Another reason why I typically wouldn't drop my stern lines before the lazy's is wind
. If there's a lot of wind
on the beam, you can easily make the bow's start an arc
towards windward while dropping the remaining stern line which will get you about straight by the time your stern passes the neighbors bow. Otherwise I'd be all over the leeward boat.
Similar to what we do (me at the helm
, admiral doing the lines):
We bring tension on the mooring
lines and ease the stern lines to get at least 1.5-2 meter away from the dock
. The more the better. This takes a few minutes but the less distance to exit the berth the easier this becomes.
We make sure we are clear of any slime line and engange engines in forward.
The admiral eases the leeward mooring
line and drops it if the boat is is stable. Then the admiral does the same with the windward mooring line.
The boat is held in position by the stern lines and both engine
Admiral unties the leeward stern line. The throttles now need some attention to keep the boat in position with only one stern line. I use the throttle to point the boat just a bit windward to make exiting easier.
As the admiral unties the windward stern line we move out of the berth, again needing some throttle adjustment to make a straight line and not run over the neighbor's lines.
That way everything is under control (or at least I have the illusion of being in control). So far we never snagged a line or bumped into anything.
In our previous cat with saildrive
in front of rudders it made sense to turn the wheel
hard over to make use of the prop wash. That way the cat could get out of berth straight even with a bit of wind from the side.
With the Mahe (saildrive aft of the rudder) this no longer works, so I just use the engines and use more fenders at the stern.
Obviously I have the better job as the admiral does all the work and I just play with the controls