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Old 11-04-2013
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Re: Learning to dock shorthanded

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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!

We use the "Hail Mary" line, which is a short line attached to a cleat about 8 feet forward of the transom. It has a loop that we throw over the stern dock cleat and then ease in to the slip in forward. The boat comes up snug to the slip, we keep the transmission on forward and I step off the boat calmly and tie off the lines. Works like a charm and already referenced in previous comments.
Yup. This has become my preferred method. Works well unless your cleat rodeo skills are off that day. If you miss, there is no plan B!
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