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Re: Learned something(s) today

Sounds like the gods of sea & wind decided it was "Let's pick on sailors named Jim day". I suggest a hefty propitiatory application of potable beverages. For them and you.
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Re: Learned something(s) today

Jim - One comment from your blog post. The teardrop fender that you have is great for floating docks (I have two for my boat), but they may continue to get you in trouble with fixed pilings. You should make up one or two fender boards. I used a PVC pipe instead of wood for this, and the results were very good. I used these general instructions as a guide.

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Re: Learned something(s) today

Rick, that's a good idea, thanks! I have a lot of that style of bumper, and it would be perfect for the way the piling sits on my starboard side.
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Re: Learned something(s) today

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I learned a few lessons today:
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13) spring lines are awesome
Is there a story here, too?
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As we approached my slip, the captain of the tow boat radioed back and said that he was basically going to slingshot me into the slip. I always approach at a snail's pace, and he was going a bit faster than I usually do. I was very nervous without an engine. I still had to steer, so I told my dad to stand close(ish) to the bow and to look for a loop in either of the lines I had on the starboard side. Either one would stop the boat, but one was the springline and one was the stern line. The stern would stop us short of where I need to end up, but it would be OK. Statistically, he had a 50/50 chance of grabbing the right line, but I thought that, since a) I grabbed the wrong line each of the other two times we had docked and b) I had intentionally laid the springline on top, I might help improve his odds. Apparently that wasn't the case, and he grabbed the stern line. But it still basically did what the springline was supposed to do, and snugged us up against the finger and piling, away from my port-side neighbor's boat. Which was good, because she was out, wrapped only in a towel (though there may have been a bathing suit on under there) and armed with her boat hook to help guide us into the slip and fend us off her boat.
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Re: Learned something(s) today

I called the marina today; they don't recommend diving at the slip due to the possibility of stray electrical currents. I had the same thought, and that's why I wasn't inclined to swim there and free the line myself. So, I'm going to have to break down and pay them for a short haul. $8/foot isn't too bad, I guess (seeing as I really don't have another option!).
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Re: Learned something(s) today

Almost always cheaper to hire a diver than to do a short haul. While stray current is an issue, its an occupational hazard they deal with. If your marina is telling you its a real problem there, you're going to eat zincs like candy. It's possible they were just trying to guide you toward paying them instead of a diver.

Our marina actually prohibits divers at the slip. They try to claim it's for environmental reasons, not scraping heavy metals into the water. This is not a state law, but they've even gone to far as to suggest it is. Pay them to quick haul and they just power wash the entire fleet, with run off going straight back into the harbor. Maybe less aggressive than scraping by hand, but it seems disingenuous and self serving.
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Re: Learned something(s) today

They didn't say they prohibit the divers, but they said that as divers themselves, they wouldn't do it because it isn't safe. They trust their electrical system, but they are concerned about someone running a generator or one of the other nearby marinas on the river.

If I knew a diver in that area who would do it, I'd jump on the chance. But I don't want to waste several days finding one.
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Re: Learned something(s) today

just go to a local dive shop and post a note, it wont be long before you get a call
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Re: Learned something(s) today

Have I missed something? Isn't the only thing you have to do is to free a line from your prop?

Looking at the line drawing of your boat, your prop is pretty accessible from above the water... From a dinghy, you should have a pretty good chance of being able to cut it free using a hook knife, or any large serrated blade clamped to a boat pole...








Even in the murky waters of coastal NJ, with the aid of a look bucket, you should be able to cut it free... Better yet, if you have trouble seeing it during the day, try it at night using a strong searchlight, you should be able to see the prop well enough...

Seems as least worth a try, it's nuts to haul a boat simply to free a line from the prop... One of the things I like most about my boat - like yours, my prop is very accessible, even from above the water surface... I rate that as a highly desirable feature in a cruising boat, and one of the biggest downsides of the current trend towards saildrives, in my view...


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