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Re: Learning to dock shorthanded

Originally Posted by tomandchris View Post
I have never understood the need of people stepping off a moving boat.
+1. Don't get off a moving boat unless you are re-enacting a boat assault from the movies.

Originally Posted by nodders View Post
The most common problem I see is the well meaning docking help who crank in the bow line bringing the bow in tight, resulting in the stern swinging out! I actually prefer NOT to have help at the dock!
This is easy to manage when I'm single-handing. With crew we ALWAYS have a conversation before coming in to the dock about who is in charge, and it is most assuredly not the dockhand. *grin* It doesn't make any difference how many times they ask for a line - lines go over the side when *I* say so in the order *I* say.

It should be no surprise that the good dockhands (there are a good number out there) understand completely. The dockhand who insists on a line is one that does NOT get a line.

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