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Docking

Here are links to docking videos that might be interesting to see what to do and what not to do.

Lets watch others do it, in hard and easy conditions. Just to show what one might have to contend with, we'll start with difficult situations, then going into how to do it. Good and bad.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oCuzv7cer04

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U1MuQfDTbmo

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XrD0G58U65k

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4XaBBxs5820

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xq75PvUChss

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2cU6DVF101s


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hjmQohPTgAA


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ytFQc4xIjnI

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Wm4...7B0AB9457D28D2

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YLWS1WDFeBs

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qZNdM7XXbKk

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=woYlQT-Lhdo

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EAyDS1NuK_A

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v8AEXfxJkZs

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LRlnRVWsUYg

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4VJJpRUWbpE

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oGE85oU8bUU

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=30Gj_shqt4E

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TJeeTR3-oc8

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yqd1HNSFvCc

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vx18hV2YWI8

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q7UGg8x7iE8

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q-LaLiLd8eU

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c_xM0s-NkFs

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IA-07umSUXw

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C3UAGulDNNA

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DYZnRekYwnc

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t2dE...eature=related

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FJkGUtd58ys

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Aabx-5ktfA

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qpZaEtdXur0

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qUOwvQdRo0A

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pk09_j0rGgQ

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f3wtl92vDrw

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cSdAfB4UnJ0


Basics...What is my boat doing?, Why?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1TMB4-EPMAI

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s0GMX8TBUes

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f_v-lALAKWQ

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=422XlahJLvw

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PfDMGEdpx6s

Docking Seminar

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8qOPM_SMJCc

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PoGMAEjiHmU * 1 1/2 hr. seminar


And if you are still with me, then you are really interested in docking. Here's lots more of all types of docking situations and some useful hints/illustrations.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dsIUqbad-pI

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GouDprQSPTA

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pkODM0gpipM

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yEoO...ad19oLWXlo9d-r

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mPOIh5flDO8

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=POV3jZ87JEQ

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YSbnhHo3js0

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Ph3QN3L7zM

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NccOSDWj2GM

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ieQhhcu29I

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pBtpgX5EBDM

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i0dn0U-gleQ

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LEtvfBsWuzI

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-EfOdiUdnMw

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CLBEAKsnvIw

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aevQ...LWAbti_C-X7k7z

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4yqH6Eyf17Q

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5BdGU6b1C-U

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Wb390ggSpw

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s930m5rmfeI

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s930m5rmfeI

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v-mGTxqHPhM

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RcKdrSgE9LU

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wfGzuJ0-M1A

And now that you have studied the various docking methods, maybe you can do it this way:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8alNxLjCBJc

Now that you can do it like Captain Ron, here are some more items so you'll be even better. As you have seen, many are in a language that you probably don't speak or understand. That's not important. Watch what the crew and the boat do. Why did they do it? How did the boat respond? Could they have done better by pre-planning or doing it another way? Think about the wind and current, and waves. You don't want to play bumper cars with your boat because it gets expensive, so practice and study, and practice. Most of the European videos show med mooring, which we don't do very often in the US. But backing between two boats is not all that different from backing into a slip.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=97Ca-ZsCtew

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N7K25YYGx7Q

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sop3bUfCcJA

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dIfKf85wDhw

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t3-D9szIwsA

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9bBNGrCV8L0


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WJf_vcXTpKA

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zmZiKW2JbSE

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HWNFxY9WLtw

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u6U3VkuQx_I

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZoBxiGNjN3U

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HAqHWX6vyT4

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zslcDNrlY-c

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HL7jdbva0u0


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nYs7fDPnvIs

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1_inn6yn7Xk

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r65D42hTfm8

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mF4vtMpDgCA

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZonpDEW6tTY
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Seriously, Thanks.
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Re: Docking

These videos are quite helpful. Thanks!
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Re: Docking

From time to time, people new to sailing or facing unusual situations, ask for guidance in docking, or relate stories of docking gone wrong. In my opinion, docking/undocking is the most difficult part of sailing. Too many of the videos show it being done with little or no wind or current. But if one sails long enough, a sailor will encounter more difficult conditions. There are many videos posted here on how to dock. The Europeans seem to present more of docking in high wind conditions, and while the principles are similar, the execution will be different in high wind/high current conditions. While newbies could make a YouTube search as well or better than I can, I thought that I would try to help by selecting a list of links to videos illustrating various techniques. The list is long, and there are additional links from the webpages that I referenced. One of the links is to a 1 1/2 hr. seminar in docking and is noted in the original post...be sure to check that one out.

As you watch, imagine you are at the wheel. What did the captain or crew do right, what did they do wrong, and how could their docking be improved? Study these and get actual practice in varying conditions, and when you are faced with the unexpected difficult circumstances, you will be better prepared. Always have an abort plan, and if things start to go wrong, just abort, go out and start all over. Almost never, in my opinion, can you straighten out things when they start to go wrong. And watch sail stories where people claim to be docking in high winds with little or no effort. These videos will illustrate otherwise. Even in the videos, see what the flags are doing, if they are just fluttering, it's not 40 knots. And when there's wave action or current, it's a whole new world.

Old hands and experienced sailors on the forum might find some of the docking videos in difficult conditions interesting.

If you find the original post useful, post a reply/comment to keep the thread alive. Otherwise, it will disappear.

Fair winds and good docking.

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Thanks for the videos. It would be helpful if there was some sort of index - e.g., read this video if you're trying to do XXX.
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Thanks for the videos. It would be helpful if there was some sort of index - e.g., read this video if you're trying to do XXX.
Or "watch these 5 videos for what not to do" or "watch this video to make yourself feel better about your most recent docking mishap."

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Or "watch these 5 videos for what not to do" or "watch this video to make yourself feel better about your most recent docking mishap."
I find videos of things going wrong more useful than the (rarer) ones of things going right. They challenge me to understand what was done wrong, and how it should have been done. That helps me understand the methods available, rather than rope-learn for set situations.

Thanks for posting them,

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Re: Docking

gdr, MedSailor, mixon,

I believe mixon has it exactly right. I believe that if one studies carefully the videos where things went wrong or were difficult, one will be better prepared to handle the real life situations that we all encounter from time to time. While an index might be useful, my hope was that the list might be treated as a book....read the whole thing to get the full story. There is lots to learn, especially for those just beginning. And there were other things that I would have liked to covered, but the list was getting so long.

I got interested in the docking videos after reading many threads and hearing lots of stories of people routinely and easily docking/undocking in high wind and high wave situations. Lots of these stories didn't make sense. I usually have a crosswind coming down the fairway and going into the slip. What I experienced and what I saw from boats at 4 nearby marinas didn't match the stories. I even visited several marinas in San Francisco area on several occasions when I was out there to see how "real" sailors did it. The winds would be high out on the bay, but at the marinas, at least when I was there, it was a different story. I think it is important to those new to the sport to be realistic about docking. When the winds, waves, or current are adverse, it is difficult and it's a lot different than lots of the training videos where there is little or no wind. That's why I put all those difficult landings with large crews up front.

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Re: Docking

FWIW, here are some videos of docking/departing in a strong cross-current. I may redo these this year now that I have a head-mounted camera:

Docking with current pushing me out of the slip (EASY!)



Docking with current pushing me into the slip (a little challenging)



Departing with a current pushing me out of the slip (drift out with the current, then use reverse to keep rudder moving against the current)



EDIT: I had forgotten about the powerboat that got caught in the current as we were departing. Look on the right side of the picture at 1:48, and you'll see two guys desperately pulling on bow lines trying to get the boat straightened out in the slip. The current has pinned the boat sideways. If you scroll back to 1:22, you'll see the side of this boat awkwardly angled in its double slip. They should have attached a spring line amidships and used motor power to straighten out the boat.
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