Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada
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As a rule, if you're not bored as you come into a pier/slip, you're going too fast.
And watch the faces of anyone waiting to catch your lines... if they have that "hurry up, why are you taking so long" look on thier face, you're coming in just fine.
Another thing I've learned... you know how _your_ boat handles better than any "helpful" opinions trying to convince you to do it their way. You know how the current and or wind affects you, how your propwalk can be used or not used, whether your boat reverses well and how it handles in reverse etc. (I've a full keel boat that is posessed by demons when in reverse, but I've learned to use the prop walk to great effect for example)
Learn to trust your judgement, and give clear instructions to anyone helping catch or release lines for you. Often folks will attempt to force your boat to do what they think is correct, rather than what you had in mind.