We are facing East, starboard side tied to a dock
with pilings higher than the bowsprit
. I need to depart to the West. I have one boat length forward and pretty good room aft. I need to turn 180 degrees immediately as we depart. The fairway is about one and a half boat lengths wide, so I can't get very far away from the dock
, but I must have room for the bowsprit
to clear the pilings as we turn
This is what I think will work: I will loop a bow line over a piling forward and back to the boat. Cast off midship spring and stern lines. Place transmission
in reverse. The left-hand prop will cause the stern to walk to port. When the boat has swung out about 90 degrees, I will put the wheel
hard to port and burst forward enough to slack the bow line and retrieve it. I can then jockey reverse and forward repeatedly to turn the boat in the narrow fairway until I am headed out.
I have never backed against a bow line, but I believe that the stern will walk starboard just like it does when I reverse with no lines attached.
Are my assumptions correct? Any better way to do this? Thanks.