We just had our first stern-tie experience and it went really well. However, we had virtually zero wind
. I'm trying figure out how we would have done it if we had any of each. We were within swing range of the boat next to us in a very tight but amazing anchorage (Royal Cove, Portland
We dropped the anchor
and backed down towards shore, set the anchor
, then I ran to the back, hopped in the dinghy
and headed for shore. It took at least 5 minutes to get to shore, tie the dinghy
, get up to the ring, and tie us on. The boat had drifted a bit towards our neighbour, but not too bad. I then swung us back a bit and we were done.
I'm trying to figure out what we would have done with any wind
either that night or the next day getting going (ok, for the next day, if we'd had a proper floating line of double the length to shore, we could have gotten going while maintaining some steerageway pretty easily but that doesn't help on the way in).
Is there some sort of trick for keeping the boat in place with no steeragway while somebody gets to shore? Or do you just swing and fend off?
Thanks for any advice,