I singlehand most days and prefer to dock on the port side and go in facing forward with the forward defenders nearly touching when I,m in a strange marina or harbour.
I also hang a couple of defenders starboard just in case
Mi 26ft Centaur will stop short in reverse and the prop will push the the stern to port. Drop a line over a handy cleat or bollard looped from mid ship to the port aft cleat and pull tight with a little forward on the engine and step off to secure the other lines.
If the finger is short then drop the loop over a mid cleat, use the extended boat hook, and gentle reverse will have much the same effect
Using the prop wash for tight maneuvering is a great advantage and should be practiced.
Have a look at this helphttp://www.seafaring.com/latsTV/how-to.php?id=11&cat=
PS love the name, Knotty