Sabreman, what I heard you saying in your first post is that an aft bow spring line worked reasonably well in terms of getting the boat in position to back away from the dock, but you weren't able to go forward, retrieve the line, and get back to the cockpit before the wind blew the boat back down onto the dock. If that's what you're saying, then I think you're using the correct technique to get away from the dock, but you need to figure out how to retrieve your spring line without having to leave the helm.
First, you need to set up the spring line so that you can control it without leaving the helm. Attach the spring line to your bow cleat, then lead it around the cleat on the dock and back through the bow chock on your boat. Then lead the bitter end back to the cockpit. Now you can release the spring line without leaving the helm. When you release the spring line, it will run around the dock cleat and drop into the water. All you need now is a way to retrieve it without leaving the cockpit.
The easiest way to do that would be to use a floating polypro line for your spring line. When you release it, you can let it trail behind the boat until you are able to retrieve it. Because it will float, it shouldn't tangle in the prop.
If you don't like that idea, then another way to retrieve the line would be to attach a block to the end of a small line (perhaps 1/4" line), and reeve the spring line through it before you run the spring line around the dock cleat. Position the block so that, after you release the spring line, when the boat is still backing away, and the spring line is trailing ahead of the boat, you can pull on the 1/4" line from the cockpit, and it will pull the line aboard the boat.
Last edited by Sailormon6; 02-06-2007 at 11:03 AM.