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Re: Learning to dock shorthanded

This always works....come on hot & hope for the best........lol Good luck....I think the spring line will do it for you. Don't be nervous.....you'll get it.
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Re: Learning to dock shorthanded

I picked my slip out today and while I'll only be on a C22 I'm sure it will be a tad nerve racking the first time. Although I am in a single slip and it's much wider than my little boat and I'm in a lake so no tides or currents. I think the good part is the prevailing wind will be dead behind me and the fairways are very wide. I could easily do a donut in the middle, lol...
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Re: Learning to dock shorthanded

Well, the good news is you like your neighbor and you take care of each other. That makes for a good slip no matter the problems.

As to your Garhauer cleat, why can't you use a indelible marker so that you can put it back in the same position when you return? No different than racers/cruisers that mark their genoa cars postiions for different wind speeds. Saves time and guesswork and easy to fine tune from there.

I too make sure that I have extra lines aboard in case I have to dock somewhere else in an emergency. They can be old lines, but they still work for emergencies. However, it is so much easier if you can leave lines on the dock that put your boat in the same position you like without adjustment. Quicker/easier!The only line I always take with me is the spring!

Your third reason is why a spring line works for you. It forces the boat over to your pier and keeps it away from your friend next door.

With the lenght of your slip it may be easier for the spring from your Garhauer cleat to run outside your lifelines around the end cleat/post on your dock, and loop forward over your winch.
Before you go out next time set up the spring line and snug it up to where you want the boat to end up. Start the engine, put the boat in gear, and then remove the bow and stern lines one at a time and see what happens. A little turn of the wheel will move the bow to port or starboard and you will stay against the dock at mid ship.

I had a guy with a boat similar to mine ask why I did not have problems docking when he was having a fit with his boat. I showed him Capt. Jack's system and how I used it. He told me all the reasons it would not work for him( same port tie slip, very simialar boat). I said to everyone their own....good luck. After three more outings, and two hard landings, he came back and asked if I would help him figure it out. We rigged the spring in the slip, walked him through the physics of it, and then went out and came back in 4 times. I did the first landing, he did the next three, and not once did we hit anything. The only problem now is his slip neighbors don't have the same entertainment value they once had.....but their boats are safer!
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Re: Learning to dock shorthanded

Ditto - spring line. Watch lots of YouTube videos.
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Re: Learning to dock shorthanded

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A quick item that you might consider is yarn.

When I am out, before I head in, I use a small amount of standard yarn to tie up my docking lines outside all gear. I run a long bow line back, secured at each Stanchion with one wrap of yarn. The same with a stern line. Once at the dock, use the midship line and the other two just fee up with a small tug. You can see a Youtube of this at;
A skeen or two - YouTube

Makes for no panic, no strain & no pain!

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seems much too much fiddling around for a 27 boat. I don't know, I just don't get it. One thing no one is mentioning is establishing visual references in your approach. If you could follow the eye and 'scan' of someone who is highly competent at docking, you'd notice that they're rarely trying to look at the edge of the dock, and that they're using many more visual references on the approach. A poor docker sees the tree. A competent one sees the forrest.
Once one figures this out, it all gets much easier and the need for strings attached, etc... pretty much goes away.
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Re: Learning to dock shorthanded

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seems much too much fiddling around for a 27 boat. I don't know, I just don't get it. One thing no one is mentioning is establishing visual references in your approach. If you could follow the eye and 'scan' of someone who is highly competent at docking, you'd notice that they're rarely trying to look at the edge of the dock, and that they're using many more visual references on the approach. A poor docker sees the tree. A competent one sees the forrest.
Once one figures this out, it all gets much easier and the need for strings attached, etc... pretty much goes away.
I can't remember ever doing it on our Nor'Sea. But I/we have used it on larger boats that we sailed/delivered and in the old days when I thought I needed a 41 footer..

Also, I agree on the approach.

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