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which side slip?

Here's a newbie question for you: I've got a choice of slips at a marina for '13 - let's say port side and starboard side of the same double-loaded slip. Seems like the one at the farther side from the direction of travel while docking would be easier to get into [less of a sharp cut in]. while the slip at the closer side to the direction of travel while docking may protect my boat from getting hit by my neighbor if he docks poorly and overshoots.

Does anyone remotely think it matters which side to choose - if not, I'll toss a coin.

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Re: which side slip?

For me? Bow in Port side.
I always dock Bow in, I don't like people lingering off the main slip and looking down into our boat, so Bow in.
Port tie so that when docking the last burst in reverse with Prop walk bring the port side nicely to the finger.
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Re: which side slip?

Pier is best, all else equal, if it's on the side of the boat it's most natural for you to get on and off the boat.
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Re: which side slip?

Like sailorjk1, I prefer port side bow in... I would just as easily accept stbd, but prefer the privacy of bow in.
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Re: which side slip?

As to the concerns you mentioned, I think it is a wash. You will have a neighbor that can hit you either way, and whether it is easier to "cut" sharply into a closer slip or slide to the farther slip is probably not an issue unless you had one of those monstrous boats that takes 3x its length to turn (and you don't).

Probably more important for a newbie is prevailing wind direction. My preference is to have the dock/pier to leeward (wind blowing the boat toward the dock) if possible since you can always pad the boat/dock. It makes it easier to dock for most newbies. On the other hand, I chose a slip where the dock it to windward in the prevailing winds so that when I tie off the boat tends to be pushed off the dock and not rubbing. So even with that it is a wash.

We are now back to your coin toss idea. You will get used to which ever side you pick, and there are advantages to either. In a small boat like yours I really don't think it matters all that much.
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Re: which side slip?

I think there's got to be more than mere preference, or tossing a coin.

Can you try the slips out with your boat?

What was does the stern pull with prop walk?
Where do the strong storm winds come from and is it better to be held off the pier when it blows?

When you go into the slip do you "flare out"? If so is one slip better for it?

Which of your lifelines has the better gate?

Where are the power and water plugs?

I think there's lots to think about!

If you are a newby and you don't mind telling people that, then you may be able to have a chat to some of the other skippers... The marina staff won't know...

If docking and leaviving is easy, simple and easy and simple you will be able to do it by yourself and so when you have an hour free from work etc you can go out for an hour, or just a few minutes. If your dock is a pain you may never want to go out!
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Re: which side slip?

I found it much easier to back into my slip(using a outboard motor). I also find it easier when the wind pushes me out or away from the dock. Less bumping and rubbing. With that said I prefer the dock on my starboard side. I also find it easier to load and unload my boat with my cockpit closer to the main dock. My original reason for backing in was to keep these little bugs from hanging out, out of the wind, in my cockpit. Now I just find it easier.
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Re: which side slip?

I would take the slip which lets the boat rest onto it with the wind blowing. When docking you want to be blown to it not away from it. I had the wind ward side and it sucks, no matter the boat speed we would always need to fend off the leward boat with only one aboard even with spring lines, mid slip,aft didn't matter. I lasted only a year and a half in that slip. (ya kinda of hard headed)

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Re: which side slip?

Either one side or the other is exposed to your neighbor to be struck. Most boats prop walk is port when backing up. I assume you go bow in, then when you leave your prop will pull your stern to the port instead of into the pier if you take the slip with the pier to starboard. Also, which side is you gate in on your lifelines? shorepower recepticle? water fill.

All in all I prefer the same as the others. Bow in pier to starboard.
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Re: which side slip?

My engine controls are on the port side, so I tie up on that side so I can both see what I'm doing, and control the motor. Well, in theory anyway, reality is I have to reach over the transom and look where I came from, so I generally coast in and don't bother with reverse to slow/stop.
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