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Old 12-08-2012
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Re: docking alone

You can easily dock your boat without crew. Your port side is a snap with that long finger pier. Just make sure that you have a rub rail in the dock for the inevitable brush-up. Run a 3/8" line from the piling near the bot to the end of the finger pier about toe rail height. Do the same on the stbd side - from the forward piling to the dock. That will keep you from drifting into your neighbors. Then dock normally - with bow thrusters it's like having an extra crew member anyway. As soon and the stern enters the slip, you can drive in reverse using the engine & rudder to steer. Worst case, just pull yourself in using the 3/8" lines.

This is actually a fairly common setup in our area. Docking solo is not hard with a little practice - but be willing to look like a fool. I once ended up sideways across 3 slips. Fortunately no one was around to see, but I had a good laugh. And then there are times that you whip the boat around (no thrusters), motor in reverse perfectly centered in the slip, and stop with a good thrust of forward inches from the dock, casually reaching for a dock line... and everyone sees it. Sweet!
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