Don't think I'd ever try stern first. I don't get dead stop dead start either I just allow for the inertia. bumping F and R is very effective too. I've not tried the maneuver in high wind and flood current. But I keep practicing! As soon as the keel is perpendicular to the current she moves sideways quick, I just try gauge the distance so the flow brings the boat to the center of the slip just as the bow enters. sometimes the current pushes us hard against the finger dock. sometimes she just "kisses" it. It's a bit nerve racking because there's an outdoor restaurant and bar overlooking the slips and EVERYONE watches!
Spring lines may help I'm sure. I know it's a rule that guys never look or ask for help but I would think your marina has people around if it's always difficult to enter the slips.
Denise, Bristol PA, Oday 30. On Tidal Delaware River, Anchor Yacht Club. New Website!
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Last edited by deniseO30; 06-07-2010 at 08:10 PM.