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post #4 of Old 12-13-2012
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Re: Close quarter maneuvering in a swift current

Turning a boat with lines is a good option. It can also be a good option when returning.

There are docking situations you simply should not try. If a strong tide is pushing you into a corner, it can be wiser to ask for a different slip or anchor out. I can think of a few where no amount of rope work makes them safe at peak flood; the moment you draw beam on you get slammed into the dock, and there is nothing outboard to get a line on.

Practice. Learn in small steps. OFten it is smart to practice a docking manuever several times in a row, even if it looks odd.

(when asked how he reached the starting holds on a difficult rock climbing problem that clearly favored taller climbers - he was perhaps 5'5")

"Well, I just climb up to them."

by Joe Brown, English rock climber

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