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post #4 of Old 09-26-2002
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Slip Width

My current slip has a finger to starboard, and a big new powerboat to port with no piling or anything in between. When I''m docking, assuming someone has successfully made my springline to stop me, the only thing I really worry about is my stern going to port and hitting the powerboat. Once the spring is made, I can take the wheel hard over to port, give it a little throttle, and my stern walks to starboard. But I''ve mis-timed that before and had to fend off the other boat with a fender while tossing my stern line to someone to drag my stern back in.

My thinking with the "tight slip" (with fingers on both sides) was that I would never have to worry about the boat going anywhere once I got in into the slip. I would just have to be sure I can stop the boat, and all my other current problems would be nonexistent.

Am I oversimplifying the issue, or perhaps missing something altogether?
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