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Re: Biggest boat docked under sail

in childhood, a 36 ft gaff rigged sloop(no engine ever in this one).
as an adult, my 35 ft ericson(into work dock ..).
have yet to dock this one under sail.
should not be too difficult.


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Re: Biggest boat docked under sail

Almost every keelboat in my club docks by sail power alone (I am not among them, yet). Many don't even have motors. These are mostly smaller race boats; J24s, Melges 24s, Santana 525s, S2 7.9s up to J30s etc, so they are a bit lighter than some. With a full race crew it is easier plus the club docks have huge fairways, or are open to the breakwater.

Most just furl or take down the headsail as they get close to the docks and come in under mainsail power alone. On final approach they blow the main or drop it depending on the wind direction relative to the slips. If they are coming in too hot after the main is dropped, they put the tiller hard over for a 270 degree loop that slows them down and lines them up. At that point one crew member is sufficient to hop off and stop the boat.

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We all should try and handle the boat under "no power" conditions, even if would mean just dropping the anchor to stay out of trouble when the engine becomes unavailable in a confined channel... but, mostly we don't. File it with MOB drills...
We teach it as part of our advanced level courses. May be it should be dome earlier.

I have also had to dock a 41 foot Saga (seized alternator)and a 35 foot C&C (fouled cutlass bearing), I have practiced on Beneteau 461, Nauticat 37 and a few others.

The San Juan 21 fleet in Calgary is engineless as they sail on the drinking water reservoir.

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Why didn't you just blow the Main/Jib sheet instead of dropping the sail? Unless you are almost dead into the wind (in which case, it's not providing momentum anyway) the sail will be reluctant to come down. Blowing the sheet will depower it instantly.
I didn't notice what his orientation was to the wind. If he needed to land going downwind then dropping the sails may be the only option.

Just looked at a rather old sailing instruction video where the SOP for their fleet (Pearson Ensign-like boats) for down wind landings is to drop the sails, then drop the anchor. They have a crew member man the anchor rode to keep from bashing the pier.

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Re: Biggest boat docked under sail

An 84' three masted schooner. As we dropped the sails at the end of a 2 hour cruise with about 25 passengers aboard, we realized the engine was not going to start (it always had, before).
My only crew that evening, a 15 year old high school girl, had to put up all the sails again and we sailed her onto the commercial wharf in Charleston, SC. We had just enough breeze for steerage and everything went perfectly. Spring line first, stern then bow, crabbing into the current. There was nobody on the dock to catch lines; Rebecca jumped ashore and I tossed her the lines. Good crew helps.
However, I got a stern lecture from the USCG for not issuing a distress call, but we were never in ANY distress and, after all, it was a sailboat, wasn't it? Had conditions not been ideal, of course I would have called for a professional tow to insure the safety of my passengers and the vessel.
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Sonar 23. None of them in our club fleet have engines. Luckily the wind tends to run parallel with the dock.
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Re: Biggest boat docked under sail

43' Hans Christian Ketch. But it was a straight shot into the slip and easy to stop w/ a spring line. Still...

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43' Hans Christian Ketch. But it was a straight shot into the slip and easy to stop w/ a spring line. Still...
That was tougher than any of mine, which were all on long parallel docks.

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Re: Biggest boat docked under sail

Our Endeavour 32 in New Smyrna Beach city marina Well more like my 1st mate did I just jump off to tie the boat. She had to turn 3 corners to get to the slip,I bet some of the regulars there still are talking about how she did it like she was pulling a car in a parking spot.
We never had an engine on our Chrysler 22 so she did it everytime we went sailing as my job was to jump off and tie up.

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Re: Biggest boat docked under sail

A 74 foot gaff rig steel sloop. The boat dose not have an engine, we would use a yall boat most of the time but with a crew of 3 we would dock under sail. It was not uncommon to dock under sail its a great way to shappen your skills.

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