The use of a stern spring line would avoid the problems of running forward to the bow, and then having the stern blow back in...
Also, most boats will do better if the bow is into the wind, rather than the stern... and using a stern spring line will allow you to power off the dock, into the wind, in forward gear, which is generally much more responsive and easier to use on most boats as a bonus.
This basically elaborates on what TommyT said above:
Running the spring line from the stern to the cleat on the dock and then back to the stern, would also allow you to easily cast off the spring line when you need to. You just release the bitter end and then haul the line in, and hope it doesn't wrap on the cleat.
Once you've run the spring line, power into reverse, and the bow will swing out. As the bow swings out, get ready to cast off the spring line and go into forward gear, and start moving away from the dock. As soon as you making way in forward gear, cast off the spring line and haul it in.
How far out you can swing the bow depends mostly on the design of your boat. If you have a transom mounted swim platform, rudder or windvane, you will not be able to swing out as far as a boat that does not have them.
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