Join Date: Oct 2009
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sometimes its not worth it
One of the best boat handlers I know gave me some sage advice early on. This guy worked a lifetime at marina's, and had years of experience moving boats from small to 100'+ in all kinds of conditions.
1 When you approach or leave a dock have a plan and a backup plan. The backup plan is for an escape if things don't go according to plan. If the gauntlet is so tight, that a backup plan is not possible, wait for ideal conditions.
2 Sometimes, it's just not worth trying. Wind and current conditions are such that the risk is too high. When this happens, wait, or go someplace else.
I think the OP made a good decision, which reflects favorably on his experience and seamanship.