I like docking with the stern to the dock with the short finger pier. Approaching bow-to i usually just pull up with the slip on my beam. Then i have someone on the starboard bow grab the bow line off the pole. I, at the stern, just pull us back into the slip with the line rigged between the slips.
we've been doing it like this forever and never really thought much about it. I've recently been wanting to single-hand the boat a bit and this is a tough maneuver alone. Also, just considering better ways to dock.
I've been reading practical seamanship and, under Dashew's advice, am doing my best to consider backing in as an option. Here's what i'm going to try this weekend. It will take advantage of the prop walk, but i'm concerned about the speed i may need to maintain control.
Do you see any other options?