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Re: Learning to dock shorthanded
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. ...
We usually use a seasonal mooring, if we had a seasonal dock spot, I would install a three foot post and the entrance to the slip. The after midships spring line would always stay secured to the dock:
- as the departing boat exits the slip, the crew on board would hang the boat end of that line on the post
- as the returning boat enters the slip, the crew on board would obtain the spring line off the post and secure it to the midships cleat, and docking is done.
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