Originally Posted by outbound
Casey raises two interesting issues.
As regards failed windlass. Use engine ( or sails ) to approach anchor and take strain off chain. Then use snuffer lines run back to primary winches to lay chain on side deck. Works regardless of boat size.
As regards size and docking- YOU GOT ME. No question a smaller boat is easier to handle. Had occasion that two very experienced professional captains after multiple attempts could not get my boat into position for the Newport show. Sail down was in moderate conditions ( ~25kts- full mail and solent). It took multiple line handlers (with lines run across docks by a skiff) and a push boat to get her in. Not something available to a mom and pop team. Have had occasion to just drop the hook outside and wait for wind to die before attempting docking in a slip. Find in any strong breeze even a good bow thruster may not be sufficient for single handed docking. Need security of a line handler on the pier. Never had same issue with my little PSC 34
Ok, good, now I know its not just my poor boat control when I try to dock. Problem I have with my dock is I am in I guess what you call a double slip. Two boats in the slip with nothing between (not even a piling where I could run a line to fend off against. I am not overly concerned about touching the dock with my boat, but makes me nervous as hell about touching my neighbors boat. Especially when wind blowing me off the dock and in direction of neighboring boat. If I had my own slip, I would line it with fenders and just ram the boat in- no worries.