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Re: Knapps Narrows Incident - Post Mortem
Yeah, that really sucks. Sorry the deck hand proved useless.
If there was room to turn I would suggest facing into the wind/current or whichever one is controlling if they are counter to one another. With a strong current passing your keel, and your boat facing up current, you may find that you can position your boat parallel to the dock and slowly "walk" the boat sideways over to it using a little forward gear-neutral-forward action.
I have gotten myself into enough ugly docking situations that I have finally (started to at least) develop a sense of when to ditch the idea of going forward and stand off in a safe area until I can figure out what is going on, not always easy to do for sure, but sometimes it is better to pull a 180 and head back out of the marina all together and regroup.
The few times that I have had to approach a floating dock down wind and/or down current I try to get either a mid line on something or from the cockpit (if I have someone on deck to help) or if alone I try to get close enough to catch a dock cleat with an aft dock line that is already fixed to my boat. The aft line will lay your boat against the dock in the scenario that you have diagramed above, no need for engine with current and wind from behind.
Trying to tie the bow first in your diagram will likely lead to the boat pivoting around the bow and can quickly become an expensive pulpit repair job. If ther was enough room for the boat to pivot when nosed into the dock and end up facing into the wind/current there should be enough room for a tight turn upwind.
Live and learn right?
Glad it worked out without harm in the end.
It's my happy pill
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