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We tie a warp line before leaving the dock every time. Especially pulling out with the wind aft, its a safe but rarely used technique.
I don't care if no one else at our marina does it, I want to ensure we go sailing, not inspecting the anchor of some fishing boat in dock A.
Here's how we do it:
Prerequisite: Spring line on the side to which you want to turn.
The springline, which comes from the fwd pilon we first tie to a cleat at the dock. So now we have this tight line running at waterline (floating dock) along the boat. We grab a spare line, and run from the aft cleat on board, around the tied springline, and back to the aft winch on that side. When we pull out this "loop" comes with us, and we take most of the slack out using the winch. As we pass the pilon, the line tightens, we add a bit of power, throw the helm, point down the fairway, release the winch and pull in the line from the cleat side.
It really is simple, and has never failed us. In rare occasions when the springline is on the wrong side, we use the lines to pull the boat fwd and loop the pilon itself.
I can't tell you is this is proper warping technique, but it sure ha never failed us.
Last edited by SoOkay; 07-24-2007 at 02:09 AM.