While taking along friends with no sailing experience, I have enjoyed single handling my new Beneteau Oceanis 41 , thanks to the autopilot and its surprisingly good auto-tack and auto-jibe features. I motor back into the slip, have pilings on both sides. I usually set two bow lines on the forward pillings, two crossed lines to the dock at the back and two spring lines to port. I do have bow thrusters...
As winter sets in, I want to keep sailing but finding companions to at least help leaving the dock or getting back to it may prove difficult. There is not much help left at the docks and I am curious to see if anyone has any good tips for setting off and docking solo a boat of that size. So you get the idea, attached is a top view of my slip with the boat highlighted.