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Re: Learning to dock shorthanded
I have been single handing for many years. (get your minds out of the gutter!) I seldom can rely on company or even someone on the dock to help me out without making matters worst. I have put much thought into how to design something to assist at this. I am a mechanical designer, mostly large facility and hospital environmental systems. I did design, but never built, a bow catcher device, V shaped stainless steel frame that attached to the dock with pivots (so frame can move up and down) and with fender floats to hold the V frame up. When you pull the boat into the V the floats would allow the frame you sink down but supply resistance to stop the boat. The boat would kind of ride up on the frame and floats, with the shape of the hull it would sinking the floats and end of the frame. When the boat stopped and settled into the resting spot by the floats rising to the surface and pushing the boat back into it's final resting spot. Floats would have to be sized for the weight of your boat.
1968 Bristol 32 Keel/Crb Hull 26
Narragansett Bay RI USA