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post #48 of Old 03-30-2012
Brent Swain
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Re: Single Handing Made Easy - What Are Your Techniques?

Good to leave a midships line spliced on, so it will l always be there when you need it. Long, but not long enough to reach the prop. Get that tied down first, and you have all the time in the world to deal with bow and stern line.
Picking up a mooring is best done by sailing upwind of it, dropping all sails, and drifting slowly down on it , picking it up from the stern, by the cockpit. You can move it to the bow later , in calm conditions.
For hard to pick up moorings , simply drop a lasso over it. Take it off later , in calm conditions, and then pick up the mooring buoy's pennant.
Best get into a slip the easiest way possible and get her stopped. If you want her pointing the other way, you can do that by hand later, when it falls calm.

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