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Re: Docking stern in, strong crosswind
I'd back in from leeward, leaving the turn late and using the 'upwind' momentum of the bow to counteract the tendency for it to blow off.. Requires quick action to secure once stopped, though.
If you go in from windward you're swinging the bow downwind already in the turn, and the wind will exaggerate and increase the bow's blowing off downwind... IMO...
We had a cross-wind slip for 20+ years in an area where it blew 20 or better every nice day.. something to get used to.
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