Originally Posted by sck5
I thrust in reverse with a good shove with the paddle on the dock. Then I fire it up and go.
Good way to go, if you have a vessel where that works. On heavier boats, where it's a toss up between lazarette-located OB and inboard power, if you have the one with OB (as I and a few of my friends do), the paddle system isn't all that effective. Also doesn't address setting an anchor in reverse. I suppose it's also OK to set the anchor from astern, and then transfer the rode to a bow chock in that case...