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Classiest docking I ever saw - down in the Caribbean, a guy came in single-handing, he had long lines looped around the jib winches, backed into the slip - as he first entered, he looped those lines around the outer pilings, then he put the boat in reverse and as he backed in he paid out those springlines like the reins on a horse to control the direction of the boat as he went. By the time he was fully back in the slip he had two springlines in place. A dockhand said, "throw me a line" and the guy replied, "I'll HAND you the line when I'm ready," which he did, walking the bow lines forward. Gorgeous job!
When we dock, usually I'm at the helm and Dan is at the bow (put the muscle where it's needed in the [rare] event he needs to fend off - and dock hands are a lot more tolerant of the girl at the helm. I try to emulate our Caribbean friend, though I'm nowhere near as smooth. No jumping till the boat is stationary, hopefully resting against the finger pier, but if not, that's what the boat pole is for.
I'm with the others in that tossing lines to waiting helpers does more harm than good except in crises. And if someone's up to embroidering that saying on a pillow, I'll take one too!