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post #46 of Old 03-03-2012
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Welcome to Sailnet gshmindy.

Most of the posts in this thread are quite old, but good for you for poking around the forum to see what's what.

I have no advice on your docking solo other than take it slow, pay close attention to the wind and current, and try to have your ducks in a row before you need them to quack.

You mentioned being in a slip. It's helpful to try to have your lines laid out on the dock or positioned on the pilings where you can easily grab them with a boat hook on re-entering the slip. Not always easy as sometimes when leaving you'll have to just heave them onto the dock in the interest of time.

I constantly go through docking scenarios in my head (usually during boring meetings at work). That way, when it's time to dock, it's like I've been practicing. It also helps to practice when the marina is quiet, usually mid-week when the weekend warriors aren't about. Also, practice on calm days when there's no wind to sail anyway. That will make those windy days a tad less harrowing.

Well, I guess I had something to offer after all.

Good luck!

Donna


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