Join Date: Feb 2007
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Before I'd let someone practice docking my boat against a hard dock with other boats nearby, I'd have spent lots of time with them in a protected area practicing coming up to and stopping the boat under-power to a floating object, like a inflatable racing bouy. Where I teach sailing, there's also an unused T-dock, that I have students practice with. This helps them see the effects of wind and angles of approach, engine speed and how far the boat travels after it's been put in neutral, where the pivot point is. etc.
In a tight fairway, many newbies will be so focused on the bow, that they forget they need to clear the stern too when they make a hard turn into or out of a slip.
If it's their boat...I would try your system and have the fenders out ;-)