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post #18 of Old 06-15-2013
dorymate1
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Re: Don't "drive" your boat like it's a car!

Run just about all boats sail & power to 80ft. First thing I explain to anyone is to stop and take gauge of current wind and others. If you don't come to a complete stop before attempting to dock you have no exact knowledge of the forces against you. I don't mean stopping directly in front of the slip but somewhere that you can maneuver safely. Never throw a bow line to a dock handler. Use spring lines both approaching and departing. Practice Practice. It always amazes me when experienced sailors have trouble handling their boats around docks.


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