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Re: Docking single handed...
There is a point about 1/4 of the distance from your transom to the bow at which you can attach a line. Before you leave the dock find this point and attach a line and tie it off to the dock at point abeam of your transom. Slack your breast lines and spring lines. Put the transmission in forward. The boat should suck into the dock and stay parallel to the dock. If it does not; move the attachment point aft if the bow comes in too much or forward if the bow moves out. Mark that point.
When coming into the dock the ensure that your breast and spring lines are secure. Tie the breast lines to the lifelines with a clove hitch. Attach ONE LINE to a string attachment point near the point above. This may serve as a spring line.
Dock the dock as you normally would. Take the single line and tie it off a point abeam of the transom. Step back on the boat and put it forward AND LEAVE IT IN FORWARD. The boat will suck in parallel to the dock. If it is not parallel, use the rudder to make it so. Attach your bow and stern breast lines and the spring lines. Only then take the transmission out gear and shut down.
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