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post #3 of Old 11-10-2002
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Looking for info on handling under power...

I''m always surprised at how much better I dock when I''m going slowly. It gives me a chance to see exactly what the wind and current is doing to the boat, and gives the crew more time to get ready. I often go into reverse just to slow down after making my approaching turn. If the dock''s not really solid, ten fast-moving tons will pull their cleats out. I''ve also found that having a line secured midships, and throwing that first, allows the boat to be contolled better from the dock. It can be snubbed to slow the boat down, or pulled to bring her forward, as needed. Unless you''ve got a lot of room to approach parallel to the dock, throwing the bow line first often pulls the bow in. The stern then swings out and gets caught in the current, which pulls it further out.... As with everything, it improves with practice.
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