Originally Posted by BeejDeC
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
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.
Practice, practice, practice...