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Re: Docking with a spring line questions
FWIW the propwash on your rudder will not push the boat to the dock. Propwash serves only to rotate the boat, you use the right rudder and propwash to rotate the boat to establish and maintain it parallel to the dock, fighting the tendency of the wind to push the bow off (and to a degree the boat...). You need the forward power to push the boat to the dock - more breeze, more power.
You have two different controls which need to be used together but understanding what each is capable of doing. Advice, use the propwash to line the boat up parallel tot he dock before laying on the power to bring it against the dock...adjust your angle with the rudder, your distance to dock with power.
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Last edited by sailingfool; 06-03-2013 at 09:10 PM.