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post #4 of Old 08-05-2009
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Just a couple of thoughts that might help.

I assume that you can tie off to the rail in such a manner that your lines will stay where you put them, even under the constant tugging on the lines in rough weather or when wind is high. That being the case, tie your lines permanently to the rail and loop them over the rail so you just have to pick them up. Then, you simply have to drop the loops over your cleats. (If you do this, keep an extra set of lines on the boat and always have a couple in the cockpit, in case unexpected conditions require you to tie up in an unplanned location.) Then you can pick up the spring line first which is pretied at the proper length to prevent overrunning the slip and drop this on your midship cleat preferably or bow cleat, while the boat is still powering ahead slowly. Use the rudder to control the bow and the boat should snug up to the breakwater. If you don't have a midship cleat, you can get cleats from Gaurhauer or Schaefer that fit onto your genoa tracks on the deck. (Actually, if the leads are reasonably close, you might even pretie the springline so you can drop it over your cockpit winch and then you don't have far to go from the wheel, cutting down on the time for the evolution). Also, give some thought to fenders over the side to protect your boat as it snugs up to the breakwater...and consider whether it might be better to prehang these on the breakwater rail since this would simplify setting up for docking. Try these ideas out with someone on board to help if things go wrong initially until you get the technique refined and worked out.

Last edited by NCC320; 08-05-2009 at 06:53 PM.
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