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Old 07-13-2013
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Docking in current

The boat is a Bristol 32.
It has very little reverse and even less control in reverse.

The current is with the slip.
On a ebb current of about 2+ knots there is no steerage approaching the slip.
The reverse is ineffective.

Slack and flood current the slip is easy.

I tried ferry gliding in a ebb current but control backwards is very sketchy.

Anything else I could try? I'm usually alone.

I thought of dropping an anchor and backing up into the slip but that seems a little tricky by myself.

The blue boat shows where you end up if you do it wrong. At that point you are pinned against the dock and need a power boat to pull you off.
At this marina it is not uncommon for even dual engine power boats to get pinned against the dock.
The current is very strong.
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Last edited by davidpm; 07-13-2013 at 08:45 PM.
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