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I see this was posted late in the season in 2008. But I do not see a resolution.
The Bayfield 25 is a relatively heavy displacement boat. Because of the long keel, it is not really maneuverable around the dock.
As someone who has single handed and short handed for many years, I have developed an approach that relies more on the use of dock lines than the engine and transmission.
Most boaters dock their boat using the lines intended to keep the boat secure at the dock, but are not effectively placed to 'dock' the boat.
Commercial vessels (check out some of the fishing vessels in NS) use a single beam spring line to bring the boat to a stop and then tie it upn using the balance of the dock lines.
Short-handed and single-handed sailors can use the same approach.
I use a separate docking line that is attached approximately 1/3 the way forward on the boat (around the start of the coachroof). Everyboat is different. The eyesplice is lead outboard - easier for people on the dock to handle and the standing part is lead to the primary winch. Pulling into the same dock or slip all of the time means you can actually mark where the dockline ties off at the winch. On less decision.
The approach is straight forward:
1. Approach 15 - 20 degrees off the line of the slip or dock.
2. Stay in neutral or ease into forward (at idle) just enough to maintain control. (If the wind is strong, the approach speed will have to be a little higher)
3. Final approach is in neutral.
4. If someone is on the dock, have them put the eyesplice over the end of dock cleat then get their fingers out of the way; if on your own, step off - slip eyespice over the cleat and then return to the wheel.
5. Line up the boat a few inches off the dock
6. When the dockline tightens, ease the gearshift into forward; increase throttel as appropriate - this will allow you to pull against the dockline and hold the boat on the dock.
7. Turn your tiller or wheel to keep the boat in line with the dock.
8. When the boat settles on the dock, lock wheel or lash tiller, leave transmission in forward with enough throttle to keep the boat stationary on the dock.
9. Get out and tie the rest of your dock lines.
10. When secure, throttle down, shift to neutral and finish tidying up your boat. Then you can pour the rum drink.
I have used this on a 63 foot powerboat, 44 foot centre cockpit sailboat and my current CS36T.
Practice in light air. Get friends to help while learning the technique. Leaving the dock is the opposite.
Let me know how it works for you - once the snow is gone.