A couple years ago we were waiting our turn at a pump-out dock and we had an in-shore breeze of about 18kts... I was in our Sea Ray so we had little problum holding and waiting our turn..
There were two Sail boats tied to the dock...One ahead of the other..and another large mega yacht ahead of him..The first one ( the one in the middle )about 35' wanted to leave the dock but eventually had to wait for the one behind at the pump out to leave because with that 18 knt steady wind he could not get his bow off the dock and they tried a couple different tactics with the 3 crew pushing and pulling...The rear boat about a 45 footer once finished pumping out..all 5 crew jumped on board the skipper hit the bow thruster and that bow came right off that dock to about a 45 degree angel he shifted his tranny in gear and he was gone.. We had to wait for the first boat to Back off the dock and do some dancing around before we could proceed to dock ourselves.
I was sold right there and then.
I will buy a thruster before new sails...There are just too many expensive boats in our neck of the woods to tangle with..One lawsuit would pay for the thruster...It will also let me go out Single handed or with just the First mate with out her getting all worked up about the whole affair..The latter being priceless.
I feel you need to know how to handel your boat and be able to manage it in most conditions without any aid...but like manual transmissions in cars once I drove an automatic in bumper to bumper traffic or never had to heal toe a break and gas pedal from a stop on a steep hill again they are sure nice to have even if you don't absolutely need them...no different
Its when things are at their worst when the right tools pay there way
Last edited by Stillraining; 09-14-2008 at 09:05 PM.