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I'm nervous cause I've never docked before... at my home marina or otherwise. ...
The best time to practice is on a calm day mid-week when there are few people around.
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Re: Newbie in Del.

By the way Donna, if you and/or hubbie are seriously interested in having a good laugh, or writing a column on painfully green sailors, we hope to depart the DelCity marina 6:30 to catch the tail end of the favorable current in the C&D, fiddle around HavDeGrace for an hour or two, and head back... hoping to hit the western entrance to the canal no later than 1:30 to avoid fighting the outgoing tide back towards the marina.

This all assumes the forecast holds at near 60 with wind below 20 knots and only a slight chance of rain.

Your profile is impressive. Very jealous of your & hubbie's charter in the islands. That was going to be our honeymoon, a week-long lesson at one of the name brand sailing schools in the carribean. I screwed that up by buying the boat now, so I'll have to be self-taught.
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By the way Donna, if you and/or hubbie are seriously interested in having a good laugh, or writing a column on painfully green sailors, ...
HAHAHA! Don't think you're the first to be "painfully green"! Everyone has been there and filled that dance card.

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[blushing] Naw. I'm a squeaker. Barely beyond the "painfully green" stage. I always will be compared to most of the people in this forum. That's why I came here...to learn. That's why I stay...to continue learning. That and the wonderful people I've met. But there are far, FAR more impressive sailors here. I'm not even in the same hemisphere as "impressive."

My guacamole and homemade pizzas are pretty damn impressive, however.
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Re: Newbie in Del.

An good afternoon shake-down sail would be just outside the red channel markers (Pea Patch Island side) to the overhead power line towers and back to Delaware City. About a 2 hour round trip.

Time the trip to depart Delaware City just before slack before ebb then return as ebb begins.
Once past the refinery docks there is plenty of space to tack across the channel.

If your air draft is less than 50ft (edit) another easy longer afternoon sail would be under the overhead power lines to Newcastle. About 4 hours round trip. No commercial shipping traffic between the refinery docks and the main shipping channel off Newcastle. Charts and a depth sounder are a must have between the power lines and Newcastle.
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Re: Newbie in Del.

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We're also a little nervous about docking.
Hi Beej! Welcome aboard.

I was also very nervous about docking; especially when I went from my 18' to this huge 25!

There's nothing to it but to do it. The odds are that it will be fine if you pay attention and go slow.

It will probably be ok.

If it isn't ok, it will probably just be more 'bump' at the end than you would like.

If it's worse than that, it's still likely to be just a bent stanchion or scraped gelcoat (that you can blame on the DPO).

I'm not saying you can't screw up badly (been around too long to say that!) but it's better to be the skipper that came in with too little headway and got blown slowly into another boat than the jackass that comes in 'full steam' and loses control.

When we went cruising last season, the marina put us on the hoity-toity side with the really big (60+) boats. The captain of the boat next door was watching our docking with great interest. We must have passed the test, because he never came out to check up on us during our maneuvers over the next few days.

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Re: Newbie in Del.

Hello,

We are on C dock, Safara. Stop by and say Hi!

Welcome aboard.

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Re: Newbie in Del.

A friend of mine took me out in a mooring field to teach me to dock, he had me motor through and would point out the direction and mooring ball he wanted me to get to and i would follow his advice while dealing with current and wind. After a couple of hours the dock didn't seem so ominous to me. I have done the same thing with a couple of other people and it's great to watch their levels of anxiety go down and actually see them smile when the boats in the slip.
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Re: Newbie in Del.

That's great advise on the mooring field Catman.. ty. We learn by doing!

Howdy hpeer. I can't get onto C dock. My magnetic key only works on B. She's Frolic, the new arrival. I should be there tinkering with her thursday evening around 6 attempting to rig up a reefing line and affix my Del. hull numbers.
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Missed you. We just got down. We will be here till Wednesday. If not on the dock, in the yard working on our other boat CHOUETTE. just followed the loud and vulgar oaths, that'll be me.
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Re: Newbie in Del.

Hpeer,


Good Evening,

Fiance and I were poking around the marina friday night and tried to keep an eye out for you. Safara is BEAUTIFUL... wow! We saw your other boat in the yard too. Very nice. She looks like a real ocean-goer with the full keel and skeg.

We're going to try heading through the canal tomorrow morning and poke around the northern Chesapeake over towards Havre de Grace.

The way I'm reading the tides we'll catch favorable currents in the canal if we're headed eastbound around 6:30 a.m. and heading home hitting the md side of the canal around 1:30?

Anyhow, look forward to meeting you guys eventually.

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