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Docking single handed...

As if backing your sailboat into a slip wasn't stressful enough, what to do when your only option is a four point tie up in a transient slip?

No dock lines set up.
The piling are 15 feet high so you can't throw a loop over them.
Any type of current or crosswind will push you into the next boat or pilings.
No hope of ever reaching the windward pilings.

Am I missing something or is this damn near impossible to do, and stop the boat, even with a second set of hands?

I know people must do it and I make a mess of it even with help.

In fact, the only time I ever got it right, it turned out I backed into the wrong slip and had to move...we all know what happened next.

'88 C&C 30 MKII
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