Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Southern Maryland
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Sailing into Your Slip -- Ready or Not
Iíve read about boats that do all kinds of maneuvers under sail alone, such as grabbing moorings, and docking, but hadnít done much of it myself until today (July 4) -- though it wasnít on purpose. My wife and I were having a decent time on the Patuxent River, when at a time I had lowered the engine to move into a different position, we found that the ďrunĒ switch on the engine wouldnít engage, and we were without an engine. This happened between a half mile and mile from the breakwater of the marina, so after consulting the engine manual (Mercury 9.9 Bigfoot long shaft, and considering calling BoatUS, we decided to sail in.
We got through the breakwater okay, but had a difficulty with the current in sailing toward the dock. Once we passed the docks, we raised both sails, and sailed in a big circle preparing for a second pass. As we neared the proper dock, I could see that we needed more power (we had turned and lost most of our speed because of wind direction), so, we lowered the sails for safety and used our paddles to get into our fairway. Once there, we snagged the bowlines and pulled ourselves in.
Itís not something I want to do everyday, but itís nice to know that we could do it.
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