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post #26 of Old 07-17-2013
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Re: Docking for Dummies

I think you have gotten some good advise and have a handle on it. I also suggest Capt. Jack's books and videos as they are common sense and they work.
There will sometimes be wind situations that require you to spring out of the slip. However, many are nervous and just go to slow to get the boat to do what is needed. Speed is not always your friend (as in when you come in too fast and take a piece of the dock or boat out). At the same time, too slow means you have no control and are a drifting boat at the mercy of the wind. Push off the dock, put the rudder to a neutral position, and hard reverse until you have some way on. Shift into neutral, wheel hard over, and that beauty should spin around and you are on the way. Worst case, you have to hit forward to stop yourself, but it probably won't happen.
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