SailNet Community - View Single Post - Docking with an outboard
View Single Post
  #31  
Old 10-07-2012
DonScribner DonScribner is online now
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Maine
Posts: 576
Thanks: 0
Thanked 14 Times in 14 Posts
Rep Power: 4
DonScribner is on a distinguished road
Re: Docking with an outboard

We often dock on the Saco River, at a nice launch facility called Marblehead, tha sticks out from the bank, perpendicular to the flow. We have to motor up river int a 3-4 knot current (guessing). It takes about 1/3 throttle to hover, which I often have to do, waiting for those dreaded stink-potters to make room for elegance (getting deep). I'll hover and inch towards then end of the dock. About 1 1/2 boat lengths away, I pass by about a boat length then steel about 45 degrees to port. The current takes over and gently lays us against the dock. I often have to play the throttle and steer with both the tiller and the motor, at the same time, to keep us on course.
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook