Originally Posted by SecondWindNC
Not, 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?
Correct, just fenders. Probably not the best set up but the only way. Here is a pick taken after docking- just a temporary set up until I get all lines (3 at bow, spring and stern line plus three fenders at the beam). When the swell comes in tie the boat so very little movement and at times she is bumping the fenders. Lucky I am on a floating dock. I also use the rubber shock absorbers on all dock lines to take the shock loads off. This pic shows dockmates 40 foot Nordic in.