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Re: Docking with a spring line questions
capecodda - so yesterday I went back out, waited for most of the people/boats to head out for a fun race so as to cause myself the least embarrassment, and tried some more stuff. I went back to the standard midship spring line, tied a butterfly knot to make a loop at the correct length (or at least where the stern would be close to the cleat where the loop was attached) and ran the remainder of the line to the aft most winch, which is just slightly forward and inboard of the stern cleat, figuring that when the bow started to turn I could control it with the horizontal pull from the dock cleat to the winch. It turns out I tied the spring just slightly long so when I came in, dropped the loop over the cleat, the pressure came on to the winch-cleat line instead of the spring and the boat pretty much just nestled up to the dock, as you described. So...getting closer!! Do you see any issue leaving the spring and then hauling in the stern line using the winch as the boat gets further in to the slip? I like the idea of being able to use the length of the spring to get the line on the cleat earlier rather than waiting to get far enough in to loop the stern line. Anyway, progress is good ;-)
Ulladh - yes, I understand that, but with this boat, for whatever reason, when tension comes on the midships spring line, the bow dives in toward the dock and the stern swings out, potentially damaging me and my starboard neighbor.
sailingfool - I can get "control" with the propwash/rudder but only with a big burst of power. With my new neighbor being considerably bigger than my old neighbor, I need to be more careful so I'm hesitant to gun it like that if something were to go wrong.