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Old 04-29-2013
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Re: Forces on a dockline while docking....

I often have about a 10-15 kt cross wind (or maybe from just aft of 90 degrees) at my dock. I get the nose of the boat into the slip and then jump off and manhandle her into place. At worst, I can let the fenders do their thing (until I get the windward lines under control) as the wind pushes the boat sideways into the leeward finger. But, I would NEVER approach the dock at anything near full throttle. Even my little 6700 lb boat can have enough inertia to do a lot of damage.
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