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post #14 of Old 07-23-2003 Thread Starter
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single-handed docking

Thanks again for all your advice. I like the idea of using lines to slow the boat into the slip.

When leaving my previous slip, I used lines to pull the bow into the wind when leaving because I had to turn immediately to port so as not to hit a boat at the next dock. But, when entering, grabbing a docking line that was hanging from the piling was pretty much impossible because the boat is already entirely in the slip by the time that I was close enough to reach for it.

I have been considering the idea of running "sissy lines" on either side of the slip (from the pilings to the dock) and running another right across the slip from one side to the other like the hook line on an aircraft carrier. The bow pulpit would catch the line and the line would stop the bow from hitting the dock.

But, so far I just can''t bring myself to build a contraption to do what good piloting should do.

All I want is reverse! Hmm, I would love to see how those guys without auxilliaries do it.

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