the pointy end is the bow
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Location: La Conner, Washington
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Re: Tying stern-to to shore
We do it quite a bit up in Desolation Sound B.C. I carry 300' of line on a garden hose reel mounted on our RADAR pole. We swing our nose in towards shore to scope out our intended tie off point and get depth readings then head back out to our anchor point. We lower our anchor and set it while backing towards our tie off point then after the anchor sets, we let out some more rode so the stern is as close as we can get to the shore line. I hop out into the dink and row ashore with the end of the line while the admiral make sure the stern line feeds out and she leaves the boat idling in reverse to keep the stern close to shore. Take a wrap around the tree then bring the bitter end back to the boat and tie if off. Adjust stern line and anchor rode to get the boat sitting where we want it. If your boat has much prop walk, you'll need to aim the stern a little off to the upside of your shore tie off point, as the boat will start to creep while you're rowing ashore to tie it off.
1983 Fraser 41
La Conner, WA
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Boating for over 25 years, some of them successfully.