I single hand quite often and had to come up with a "easy" docking method. The system works so well I use it even with crew. Makes docking a no drama situation.
We are on floating docks with a pylon between us and our slip mate. We have a full length finger pier as well. I have a line that comes off the pylon which is on the starboard side of the slip. It goes to the main dock port side. I then take another line and go from the main dock starboard side to the end of the finger pier. The 2 lines cross and form an X about 1/3 the way down the slip. I can pull in the slip with enough power to keep me from drifting off with no problem. Even when the wind is dead on my beam I can sit the boat in my "X" and it stays in the middle of the slip. It also helps greatly when leaving the slip singlehanded.
It only takes a few minutes to set up or take down the system. Very simple, very easy.
s/v Puggin Along
1988 Catalina 30
Last edited by rdstanley; 09-19-2011 at 08:34 PM.
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