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Old 12-18-2012
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Re: Failure

With all due respect, I have a very different opinion of docking. In general, the rules are simple though mastering them takes a while.

I always approach a slip such that's final turn in is with my nose to the wind. This may even require backing down a fairway, past the slip, then going forward. Pulling into a slip and following the wind (unless there is no other choice) is a typical novice mistake.

Second, speed can be your friend. Yeah, if the winds and currents are light, sure... Come in really slow. However, the docking gods always know when I am coming in and make sure the wind or current is blowing me off.

My suggestion is don't be afraid to use that throttle. Don't come in at 8 kts, but if you come in slow you often lose quick reaction time and drift plays against you... Especially your bow which can fall off quickly and acrew up an otherwise good approach.

For years I had a slip that was beam-to with a wicked 2 plus knot current ripping across it. All I had was a couple of feet to play with on my beam. The only way to get in there was with a good head of steam or the current and wind would have you sideways. The trick of course is how much steam. Still, I say don't be afraid of your throttle.

My opinions.

Brian
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