Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Swarthmore, PA
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ASA,boat us,and your local power squadron offer good basic docking instruction and classes.
I might suggest you look into this option. The issues your describing here are covered in great detail and the exerienced instructors would be glad to help, I'm sure.
Also, it is suggested that spouses take the classes separately.
I've had my own boats for 20 years - took the PS course then. I hired an ASA instructor who taught me to do the things I described in a thread a year ago. We jointly came to the conclusion that it was best to back through the fairway and into the slip.
More courses are not needed. Since I've moved back to my old slip, I will use the same techniques I developed last year.
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