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Old 04-21-2008
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Originally Posted by Mary51 View Post
Daydream of long, long cruises you will take. One exit from the slip, good for months or years . . .

That's what keeps me going

This is my new marina and a new slip, and my first try there. It does suck big time I think I'll try it a few more times and then ask for a new one (backed up by my neighbors crying for help).

Here is a picture of my boat in a slip (taken for other reasons, so it does not show too well) - look at the distance of the port side rear pile from the boat - it is half way in and about 1 foot away. The other side is not much better - may be 2-3' (wind was blowing from that way). Note that the pile is much further in than it looks - the boat is centercockpit.

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Brak, get a line attached midship. Have someone stand on the bow with that line. When the bow gets to that upwind piling, put the line around it. Turn the boat hard to starboard so it pivots on the piling. Walk the line back to midship as the boat coasts into the slip. Keep using the pilings to keep you up against the windward side of your slip and slowly move forward into the slip. Or something like that. You could even attach the lines to the pilings so they are always there and you just grab them.
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A quote from Hal Roth on the subject . . .

From "How to Sail Around the Word," Hal Roth, talking about the first s/v Whisper:

"With her traditional hull form - a long keel and attached rudder - Whisper sailed and steered well. Her only fault was that she was almost impossible to back up with the engine, particularly in a crosswind; we learned to warp her around with lines."

From Chapter 6, Three Sailing Yachts, p. 81 in the 1st ed. (2004).

Just can't let a good thread die. What it lacks in numbers compared to the infamous solar thread, it makes up for with strong feelings and strong language!

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