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post #22 of Old 06-28-2011
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Both my current and prior slips each required stern first docking. In the last, it was exposed to fetch, which the bow would split as opposed to the transom, which would just get slammed.

In the current situation, I'm in the middle of a long pier. Prop walk would pin me to the dock on departure, if I had brought her in bow first. I also have to get around a very beamy boat ahead of me to leave, so swinging out stern first on departure would be nearly impossible.

Truth is that all the docking in reverse has forced me to become reasonably comfortable with it. Now, if I am at a foreign marina and get to dock bow first, it seems like a breeze and the potential for stern first is just like home.

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