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Re: Learning to dock shorthanded
You should be able to hold your boat on the dock with just an after midships spring line, and the proper amount of forward power and rudder angle. Set the rudder to hold the bow against any crosswind. Then you can secure the bow and stern lines at your leisure.
The best way to practice this manuvoer , is to practice when preparing to depart. Ease the bow and stern lines a bit, use power on an after midships spring to completely slack the other dock lines. Use the rudder keep the boat parallel to the dock. When you are comfortable with maintaining the boat attitude, take in the dock lines, then the spring just as you back out.
The trick in docking is properly setting the after midships spring as you enter your slip, then control the boat by power and rudder angle.
Try "midships spring line" in Google.
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