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Entering and leaving dock solo

I have a 38 sloop. For the first time I am at a dock, two boats side by side in the same bay. I mostly sail solo and I am trying to figure out safe ways to dock and to leave the dock eliminating the risk of hitting the boat next to me in case of strong currents or winds. For docking I was going to try to step on the dock carrying both spring lines and tying them as quickly as possible. On leaving I am considering backing out of the bay by releasing all lines except the bow springline to keep the bow from swinging too close to the boat next to me.

Any suggestion or comments??
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