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docking with no motor and 20 knots

Borrowed Chrysler 22' swing keel. Ignition key broke off, didn't think id have a motor. Wind was 20 knots from the north, dock was to our south. The slip faces east/west, other boats all around and their sterns extending past the docks. Ended up getting motor on , but how would I have docked otherwise?
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Re: docking with no motor and 20 knots

Anchor and call for a tow, or...

Sail gently into fuel dock or T-end and wait for conditions to calm while plotting next steps, or...

Learn how to hot-wire your motor. It may come in handy.
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Re: docking with no motor and 20 knots

with 20 knots on your stern you could probably drop the sails and let the wind push you down the fairway then turn into the slip. Unless I'm missing something..
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docking with no motor and 20 knots

When I turn west towards the slip I'd have to be right on, no mistakes. Also can't control speed of entry ( I subscribe to - one should only enter at the speed they're willing to hit the dock at). No reverse gear. Can't enter on a beam reach reefed. Too tight, no room for the boom to swing, would have to ease it way out to slow the boat on a reach.
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Re: docking with no motor and 20 knots

if you think you're going too fast, even with the sails down, you can drop a bucket off the stern. I keep one onboard with a strong handle and a rope for rinsing the deck etc.

to slow down..you could also make a series of short sharp turns port and starboard..using the rudder to help brake you...

assuming you have your fenders out and docklines and a spring line ready..you shouldn't have that much way on that you can't stop a 22 ft boat with a cleat and a spring line without doing damage.

Next time you dock with your engine working with wind astern..put it in neutral/idle early and see what happens.
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Re: docking with no motor and 20 knots

Drop sails, 200 ft from your slip toss the anchor. now you're head to wind and dead in water. Pay out rode till opposite slip. Back jib to close with open slip. get line (s) ashore .Receive complements from witnesses and crack a beer. Hope somebody puts it on u tube (retrieve anchor before some one else does)
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Re: docking with no motor and 20 knots

My first step would be to wonder why a 22' boat with an outboard really needs electronic ignition/start, then I'd hunt for the backup pull cord.
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Re: docking with no motor and 20 knots

There is absolutely no reason to consider this question. Anchor or heave to outside the marina and call for a commercial tow.
Should anything go wrong in your attempt to sail into your marina in 20k of wind, I'd bet it would cost you much, much more than the tow would. Attempting to sail into anyplace that you do not need to, in adverse conditions is foolhardy, dangerous and poor seamanship. Display your common sense and seamanship by not risking your boat and those of others, wrecklessly.
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Re: docking with no motor and 20 knots

As often happens with limited information, I misread this as him already in the marina heading for the slip, when the engine died. By all means, if you're outside the marina, drop an anchor, drop the sail..deal with the engine or get a tow if needed.
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Re: docking with no motor and 20 knots

You can do a lot with a couple of anchors, "walking" your way from one to the other. Also, with a 22' boat, those ancient devices called oars can be utilized:-) I have seen good sailors get large sailboats, under sail, into incredibly difficult spots with adverse wind and currents. No way I am good enough to dare to attempt such maneuvers but it is possible. It is awesome to watch what can be done under sail when a master sailor is at the helm.
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