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Old 02-06-2016, 09:36   #31
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Re: Recommended books on docking?

I recently found a book at Amazon which is extraordinary:
I got it for Kindle for under $10.
Stress free Sailing : Single and short handed by Duncan Wells
This British gentleman spends half the book on docking, spring-lines and wind and currents in the marina. The kindle version has pictures diagrams and videos.
It is a British College course in boat handling. Take a look, i am pretty impressed but then I am a newbie.
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I recently found a book at Amazon which is extraordinary:
I got it for Kindle for under $10.
Stress free Sailing : Single and short handed by Duncan Wells
This British gentleman spends half the book on docking, spring-lines and wind and currents in the marina. The kindle version has pictures diagrams and videos.
It is a British College course in boat handling. Take a look, i am pretty impressed but then I am a newbie.
I have that book, and he certainly makes it look easy:

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Old 02-06-2016, 19:53   #33
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Re: Recommended books on docking?

I have a useful book called Boat Docking: Close Quarters Maneuvering for Small Craft. it is a Canadian book by Charles T Low available through Harvey Island Enterprises, email ctlow4@boatdocking.com. I agree on the practise, practise mantra, but this was a useful adjunct to analyze what I was doing. And what I was doing wrong !
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Re: Recommended books on docking?

Practice, practice, practice.

Spring lines and prop walk are your friends.

Only go as fast as you are prepared to hit something.

Spend some time manoeuvering in open water then docking will be a breeze. Practice crash stop and backing up, back and fill and pulling up to a mooring ball or race marker and holding station.

We dock our 46' Liberty 458 with a single midships aft running springline. We then hold position with a little forward (high idle) and balance her against any cross wind with the helm.

If you can dock with a single line life will be sweet. This configuration is easy to single hand.

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The one thing I picked up from the single-handing book I mentioned is that you need to set things up - get your lines in position, etc. - while you're out in open water, before you had in to the dock.
+1, exactly right.

You want your dock lines lead through chock's and in my case flaked over the life lines at about the spreaders, so that I can get to them fast once at the dock. That's done a mile before you get to the dock. In my docking the other day, I did not know which side the finger would be on, so I had dock lines, and spring rigged on both sides.

From my standpoint I want to be doing about 2 to 2-1/2 knots about 3-4 slips from the one I'm entering, (depending on if the slip is down wind or up wind. 2.5 knots if wind is blowing out of the slip. That allows for a gradual turn into the slip with a bit of reverse to kill the last 1/2-3/4 knot.

I tell folks you control the stern, the wind controls the bow.
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Re: Recommended books on docking?

This is one of my favorites.


https://www.amazon.co.uk/Manoeuvring.../dp/1408132117
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The more possible approaches you have in your head, the more likely you are to pull out one that might actually work.



That's why I'm looking for books.



I've been through Duncan Wells' Stress-free Sailing: Single and Short-handed Techniques and it had some intriguing ideas.

Thanks a lot for the reference. It is indeed a very thorough book, the best I have read about using lines to aid in the coming and leaving the dock. He really stresses to be prepared far ahead of actual docking or leaving.


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Re: Recommended books on docking?

Here you go, this video shows you how, with a message to do it sober, can't believe that it wasn't the first reply.
https://youtu.be/9qHdPhkSSNQ


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