Locking the tiller is pretty simple to do. A tiller comb would work. You could also use two lines—one from each side of the cockpit.
Maybe the best approach would be to drop the sails and motor in the last bit(for me this means a paddle), or to turn windward for the last leg. I did sail in downwind once, but I turned the boat into the wind once I got close, and it was not a dock, but a beach (and quite sheltered from the wind by trees - like a little bay). Then I had my son jump in the shallow water and pull the boat in. My boat is only a 15 footer.
It seems hard to drop the sails on the fly since there seems to be so much going on sometimes while sailing. Sometimes I wish I could lock the tiller so I could free up another hand for a second.
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