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post #18 of Old 12-09-2012
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Re: docking alone

I think it is worth mentioning that forcing a bad position can often make matters worse (in life as well as boating). When a plan goes awry, human nature is to stick with the plan instead of adapting. For a variety of complex reasons, we are often wedded to an idea that we abandon with the greatest reluctance.

An anecdote: In order to exit my very tight transient slip in Annapolis' Ego Alley (, I needed to make a left. As I departed the slip at low speed, the wind push my bow to stbd. Rather than applying more power and probably plowing into the Pusser's Rum bar directly opposite, I let the bow go. I then backed out of Ego Alley. While unorthodox, it was a controlled and safe alternative. The point of this story isn't what I should have done to prevent the situation, but what to do in response to a plan gone bad.

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