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Re: Sailing into the slip

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"Motor? We don't need no stinkin motor!"


At least when the wind is out of the east or north and not too strong. Problem with prevailing southerlies is the pier is to windward and too narrow for beating. Then we do need the stinkin motor, so we talk to it more nicely.

We're two-faced about stinkin' motors. We don't need them until we do.
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Re: Sailing into the slip

I have a windward slip. Our marina does allow sailing inside the breakwater. More often than not, upon my return, I sail my 30 footer in. I have a narrow (9') beam, which helps. I take the main down in the channel and basically crawl in. Jib is always furled first- I may try the other method next time.

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Re: Sailing into the slip

Last day of Screwpile we flew the chute back in to solomons, around the island, up the creek, doused right before the club and button hooked it under main into the slip.

The outboard stayed down below over the keel the entire time.

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Re: Sailing into the slip

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I sort of feel bad for people who are so worried about a scratch in their boats that they never try it.
Maybe they're worried about scratches on other people's boats?

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Sailing to your slip isn't a whole lot different than sailing to a mooring - both are just targets.
Different kinds of targets. The latter is just a position. The former is the last in a long sequence of constrained positions and orientations.

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Remember - people sailed around the world far longer than they've been navigating with engines.
How often did they navigate into modern, crowded into marinas? Sailing in open water with a huge crew doesn't compare to maneuvering in tight spaces surrounded by financial dynamite.

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Re: Sailing into the slip

Our last spot I could sail into and did many times. First out of necessity, but eventually just because I could and I enjoyed it.

Now I think I could if I really had to, but its a tight spot with a BIG nice boat sharing the same space. The risks of damaging the other boat is what stops me now. If he's out sometime, I would definitely give it go.

I too get the fact that people have sailed around the world for a long time without engines, but if they had to dock in my slip with that much money crammed into a small space they might just anchor out!

If I HAD to sail in to my current spot I would, but I'd likely dock at an easier place first and round up a few helping hands on the dock. Lots of people around most days to lend a hand and lower the risk of hitting my neighbor.

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Re: Sailing into the slip

I sail on and off my mooring fairly often (37' 18,000#), sometimes even when I sail solo. I have sailed up to various docks, but would not sail into a slip unless I had no other choice - too much potential to mess up someone else's boat...
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Re: Sailing into the slip

Reminds me of the movie "City Slickers"

There's nothin like brining in the herd!

There's nothin like sailing into your slip or up to your mooring!

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Wow.
You guys rock!
I've coasted in many times, but not yet sailed to the marina slip.
I think I'd reach for the gas dock unless it was very late and quiet.

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Re: Sailing into the slip

It's a safety issue for me. I have an old outboard at 12 years and have to expect it's going to die at some inconvenient time. So I practice sailing into my slip with the motor running and in neutral. It gives me the confidence to go for it knowing that it's there if I need it.

Two weeks ago I lost my water pump in the outboard and it briefly overheated while motoring out towards the bay. Thankfully all I had to do was raise the main and head back home. My stress level was much lower knowing that I had done this before. I still keep a boat hook in reach every time though.... just in case. Thankfully I'm in the low rent marina and not many fancy boats nearby.

I also highly recommend getting comfortable swimming your boat with the rudder if you have a tiller. I can make almost 1kt doing this and that's enough to steer and get back home or make last minute maneuvers while docking.

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Re: Sailing into the slip

Hmm I don't have a slip but this thread will help inspire me to sail on and off the mooring more often. I've had to do it once (busted impeller) but have only done it a couple times voluntarily.
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