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Re: Knapps Narrows Incident - Post Mortem
Did you ever determine why the dockhand didn't accept your lines? That, to me, is telling. Maybe he thought you had too much way on for him to take responsibility for stopping you? I'd be curious as to his explanation.
I know in my boat, the prop walk would have been a significant factor in judging how to make that approach. My prop will walk the stern to port in reverse. Consequently, if I tried to stop the boat against the wind and current by reversing, my stern would have pivoted away from the dock. That's no good in the scenario you described (it would be perfect if the dock were to your port and all other factors the same).
So, I think I would have evaluated the following options a) come in bow to wind and current as has been suggested (I imagine that shoal or some other factor kept you from doing so) b) nosing into the windward end of the dock (only after having made verbal communication with the marina - phone or radio - and established a plan) so the dockhand could take a and tie off a bowline and left your stern drift down to the dock or c) stand off / anchor until the weather had passed.
It is always easier to talk about it afterward than to do it under pressure, but that is how I would approach it.