No, you're entirely right. When wind or current is a factor, you're going to have to keep a certain amount of speed on in order to maintain steerage.
But going back to your docking setup, without a piling between the two slips, what keeps the boat off the finger pier? Just fenders?
Carolina Wind Yachting Center, Washington, NC
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Who is staring at the sea is already sailing a little.