Thanks for all the advice so far! It looks like putting in some cleats is a must if I want to single hand it... I agree that asking for forgiveness is often easier, so maybe I'll do some snooping and see how to attach them.
I guess the one thing that is a bit terrifying when coming into this situation single handed is the fact that at some point I'm going to have to leave the helm and put the spring on... and this will/might need to be done while I'm still under power... Guess I'lll just have to get used to that...
I'd thought about backing into the slip (at least I"d be closer if I'm at the helm) but I don't trust how my boat handles in reverse with a stiff breeze.
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