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Old 07-19-2013
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Re: First time singlehanding, bad things happen, the sound of breaking fiberglass, et

Normally I prefer the method described by Jeff_H - backing into a board/fender to bring the bow out.

However, cruisers with sterns infested with davits, dinghies and even swim platforms just can't go that route without bending some pipe.

The important thing is to realize that your boat isn't a flat slap, it's fat in the middle and that can be used as the fulcrum of a level when properly fendered/protected and that spring lines lead around a piling and back to the boat are the way to go.
That means carrying a plethora of 15 foot dock lines (like a lot of weekenders do) is not sufficient. You really do need at least one good stout line at least 1.5 times the length of your boat.
I'm not an experienced single hander - done it, like it except it's a lot of work because you have to make your Rum and Coke Zero's.
The important thing is to think ahead and plan what if's and how to's for almost everything. Then abandon plan a immediately if it starts going wrong and improvise like the viagra commercial.
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