I routinely single-hand sailed my Comlumbia Sabre
32 into its slip as a young man. However, in my middle age I now consider it to be somewhat rude, for a few reasons.
I'm in San Diego
, where the winds are light, the currents are known, and the yacht basins are still. Perfect conditions. I also had a balky unreliable 4hp two stroke outboard
that couldn't be awakened without proper sacrifice, but would eventually grumble into service
This boat was a full keel
tiller that tracked like a knife through butter all the way down to a half knot
, unlike the squirrelly fin keeled greased pigs I sail now. So it went where you pointed it.
Irrespective, the number of times I left a boot print on a neighbors gel coat and the bow glass repair on my own boat are testament to the fact that "usually" isn't good enough.
I also deigned to take stand-on over everyone motoring in as I tacked my "not a dinghy" across the harbor entrance and became indignant when I tacked into the fairway only to be presented with the bow of some panicked stink pot.
Yes, I had my spring lines and my fore-aft dock
line but I've also lost
control of the heavy boat and had to cross deck
my slip mate's boat to retrieve my dock
In my old age, having done it, I just don't see it as something that needs to be practiced. If you actually need to do it, just do it. Go ahead and hit the dock, and let your insurance
deal with the ramifications.
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