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upraded my 22' for a 30' and now afraid to leave the slip

About sums it up. We have a catalina 22 and I always have to dock it in and out of our slip. My wife takes over out on the lake. We got our dream boat (catalina 30) and I have only taken it out twice. The first time was the sea trial and last time was with the previous owner. He took us out and the wind almost blew her into the next dock and then I had to dock it on the way back in 20kt winds. We had an appointment for a lift for the survey otherwise I would have never went out in that kind of wind. I sweated buckets pulling back in but with his coaching docked fine. Today I went to the boat and it was windy and I just said no way (so did the rest of the marina it looked like too).

The previous owner would go out with be but sold the boat as he is too busy. Should I get "docking lessons" or what? My wife wants to go out this weekend and I'm already sweating about it.


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Re: upraded my 22' for a 30' and now afraid to leave the slip

There is a big difference between fear and reasonable precaution, some days "just ain't right" and the reptilian part of the brain just wants to curl up on the beach. Trust it until you can sort it all out
Mucking about in boats is all good, if the wind abates or the mood strikes you are ready to go; but sweating out the next weekend sail on a Monday may be a sign you are over thinking things. Supposed to be fun, remember?
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Re: upraded my 22' for a 30' and now afraid to leave the slip

it takes practice. did you dock your 22? it's no different, even easier because you have the wheel and engine controls at the helm. (if you have a wheel steering boat)
It's all about knowing the inertia of your boat. when and how to use short bursts of prop in fwd or rev.

You might also stop and think what the fear is about. Is it being or looking like a fool or actually causing damage? Guessing its the prior. I used to be mortified to dock my boat when everyone was looking.

spring lines and using them is a good thing to learn also. I'm still learning some of those tricks. You tube is your friend in this!


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I understand were your coming from I have a 27 always on a mooring got a slip for a few weeks and could only hang out on the boat. Couldn't take it out unless I had people to help. I love my mooring can go out any time by my self. For you just have a lot of fenders out and people on dock and keep try docking for a hour in and out
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Re: upraded my 22' for a 30' and now afraid to leave the slip

Practice is the only way.. Pick your days/conditions and gradually expand your limits.

The good news on the sailing front is that it would be tough to find a less tender boat than the C30 that can still get out of its own way.. Good choice.
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Re: upraded my 22' for a 30' and now afraid to leave the slip

Just take it nice and easy. Go just fast enough to maintain steerage and you will be fine. Someone once told me to dock only as fast as you'd like to ram the dock. Pretty much sums it up. I went from a C22 to a 32 footer and it was no big deal.
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Re: upraded my 22' for a 30' and now afraid to leave the slip

Practice, that's all there is to it.

Take a day off in the middle of the week (fewer spectator) and dock/undock all day long. Do it with your wife, and take turns handling lines while the other is at the helm.

Read up on spring lines and warps. Learn how to warp into your slip. Learn the "Waterman's spring" (the video posted above) then take another day and practice those techniques.

Practice. We've all been there.
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Re: upraded my 22' for a 30' and now afraid to leave the slip

smallboatlover is correct. just get a lot of people to grab the boat and help. Then you only have to get it close. Just go slow. A boat hook or two would be great too. We had a 31 foot sailboat before our Cat 22. It was easier, although we did have to back it in. Sometimes we stressed the finger dock next to us pretty bad. Use a ton of bumpers.

If your slip is protected, I wouldn't worry about the wind too much.
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Re: upraded my 22' for a 30' and now afraid to leave the slip

Some great practice would be to get out of the marina first, then go out in the middle of the lake and really put it through the ringer with all sorts of maneuvers. You should try stopping from different speeds, try maneuvering at slow speeds, really get the feel for the rudder, prop walk, and what happens when you give it a shot ahead or astern. If you practice all that in the open water you'll have that knowledge built in when it comes time to dock.
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Re: upraded my 22' for a 30' and now afraid to leave the slip

Take a milk jug with a rock tied to it out with you, toss it over the side and use it to practice backing and such, take two jugs and pretend it's a dock.

Don't laugh, it works.
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