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Re: upraded my 22' for a 30' and now afraid to leave the slip
The video Denise included is very helpful. Watch it carefully. As others have said, if the conditions are bad, why are you going out? Pick your days/times and work up to being able to go out comfortably. More importantly, practice, practice, practice.
I just moved from a Catalina 25 to our Allmand 31. It's like night and day. I actually think docking is easier with the Allmand. Now, I'm not at my old marina any more and specifically picked this marina and slip because it would be easy to into/out of, but I've already docked the A31 in conditions that would have been tough in the C25. As others have said, take it SLOW. On Sunday when we docked, I took the transmission out of gear about 1/4 mile from my slip, and when I took it out of gear I was only going 1.5 MPH. We coasted all the way into the slip (my dad was amazed). I kept the engine running just in case I needed it, but I crept in pathetically slow. I'd rather have the reputation as the guy whose boat ducks can swim circles around than the guy who crashes through docks.
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