This is, of course, a generality..as is prop walk, and is just not applicable to every boat
With regards to a sailboat..the ability of the motor
to hold the boat against an aft spring is HIGHLY dependent on the position of the midships cleat with regard to the hull
shape, ... a midships cleat that is at the widest part of the hull
can quickly pull the bow in and the stern out..
additionally, given the topic is single
i can never advocate someone leaving the boat with the engine
My boat is bow light, so will be affected by any off-dock wind
, has no prop walk whatsoever, nor will it lay nicely against a dock
using a spring.. (lucky huh?)..
so for me single
requires stopping on a dime and tying the shortest possible breastline, then grabbing the lengthened bow line and making fast .. every time is an adventure!
Originally Posted by twohapence
slowly forward against a spring with the helm
over and you have all the time in the world to get the rest of the lines in place.