Originally Posted by Starbuck
Yeah, but can rocket scientists pilot sailing yachts?
I have a neighbor who actually IS a Rocket Scientist.
He DOES NOT know the first thing about handling a boat.
His 17' Boston whaler fishing
boat (stern drive) is a lethal missile every time he tries to dock
He comes in hot (downwind) with the bow at a 30 degree angle to his dock
and shuts off the engine
about ten feet away.
Next, he walks up to the bow before the boat gets close, JUMPS frantically to the dock, pulls the bow over as the boat is caught by the wind
Then he muscles the boat's stern upwind until it's parallel to the dock.
Next, while holding the boat with one hand, he ties the bow line with the other hand. Finally, he goes hand over hand to the stern, ties it (no spring lines ever) and finally puts out the fenders!
He also bought a neglected 43' center cockpit
boat. He's doing a lot of work on it, and it's got a long way to go. He's convinced that this year he'll get it away from his dock where it's been for several years.
The next chapter will be teaching himself how to sail the thing.
That should be interesting. He's never sailed a day in his life.
I'm just glad he's a couple docks away from my boat.