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Re: Docking with a spring line questions
Not to get too cavalier about the whole thing, but think of using a springline as the Wile E. Coyote method of docking- come into the slip, drop the line over the cleat, wait a second and then per-WANG! your boat stops, and with some deft throttle and wheel/tiller work she'll snuggle up the dock leaving nearby Searay pilots in awe. so, to make all of this work all impressive like- the line has to be at or aft of the widest part of the boat. imagine the physics, and you will understand why. if your wile e coyote acme dock cleat catcher is too far forward, when she goes per-WANG! your boat will nose into the corner of the slip. Too far back and she will nose into the OTHER corner of the slip, or, worse, your slipneighbour's boat.
knot a temporary spring to the right length or thereabouts, secure it to a hard point at or aft of the widest part of the vessel and PRACTICE.
Now, much of the advice above is predicated on having a crew member handling the springline- you can do it singlehanded but the degree of difficulty depends upon boatcleat and piling and dock cleat placement. running a bannister line or a snag to your springline to allow deployment from the cockpit may be necessary. Still doable, but it takes a little more thought and more practice.
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