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Re: Don't "drive" your boat like it's a car!
He never encountered a dock on Starboard and wind on Port?
Actually I don't think I've encountered this myself. The only side dock situations I run across are fuel docks and the occasional pump out. Five gallons from a jerry can = 10 hours motoring for me and we have a pump out boat that comes around and pumps us out on Sunday mornings for free. So side docks are pretty rare.
I've freely admitted my blunders in this forum. However....there should be a plan. There wasn't in the OP!
I don't intend to be condescending in anyway, but I see examples so often it honestly amazes me. Fortunately, this thread has already produced a worthwhile exchange of ideas.
I've seen some "interesting" docking, especially at dock & dine restaurants. I'll also admit to a few awkward landings, though thankfully I've never done anything more serious than get my heart rate up.
I thought a bit about this scenario after I read your description, and I have an idea of how I'd handle it with prop walk and a spring line. But the truth is I'd be experimenting and hopefully not too entertaining.
I generally try and give folks the benefit of the doubt unless alcohol or a cigarette boat are involved. Then it's just entertaining.
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“The sail, the play of its pulse so like our own lives: so thin and yet so full of life, so noiseless when it labors hardest, so noisy and impatient when least effective." - Henry David Thoreau