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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.
The lesson from the Icarus story is not about human failing.
It is a lesson about the limitations of wax as an adhesive.
If you have an engineering problem solve it.
Last edited by davidpm; 07-13-2013 at 07:45 PM.