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|06-23-2007 10:33 PM|
Originally Posted by chris_gee
|05-24-2007 02:47 PM|
Remember, when docking, you can always add a touch of power, but you can't take power away. Move as slowly as possible!!!
To get a feel for how your boat moves, loosen the mooring lines a bit and then spend some time pushing her around. Notice how little effort is required to move her. Think of what that means in relationship to the outboard.
Then spend a lot of time out in clear water practicing using the motor to stop, spin, move forward slowly. Find how how slow you have to be going to lose tiller control. back up until you are comfortable with it and know how to manuver going backwards.
tip: if you do this near a boey (one not marking shoals or shallows of course!!) you can see your movement a lot better.
Then dock with the calm assurance that you probably now have more knowledge than then average docker. lol.
|05-22-2007 11:32 PM|
Thanks for all the replies! I have to sound like an idiot for a minute here: I tried flaking the sail down before, and it really seems to slide around everywhere. I can't get the folds to be even, and the battens run at about a 30 degree angle from the folds. It really seemed difficult; I know I'm doing something wrong though. I tried lowering the halyard gradually while I gathered up folds, and single-handedly, this didn't work too well (my sail has a rib to hold it into the mast track, not separate sliders). When I take a bunch of sail down, I just have an unruly pile to try to flake. I may try Tenuki's burrito method!
All the other advice made perfect sense to me! My plan is to go from the dock out onto the lake for a while and practice some motoring to get a feel for the boat, and then when the marina looks quiet, begin trying to dock it in the slip. As long as it doesn't start taking on water, I think I'll be okay. I will probably have a hundred questions after the first day, though!
|05-21-2007 12:50 PM|
I'll give you a call later, but I might be able to come up Sunday Afternoon to help you out. I've got to check with the boss first.
|05-21-2007 12:42 PM|
|timebandit||Be sure to check for overhead obstructions between where you set up and the ramp---that mast is a long way up!!!!|
|05-21-2007 12:32 PM|
If there are races held in your area, I would encourage you to volunteer yourself and a six pack as crew. There is no better way to quickly learn the fundamentals as well as meet other people interested in the sport.
When flaking your main, just start at the back of the boom and pull it over in folds that hand equally on each side of the boom. Pull each fold back as far as it will go. Because the sail narrows as you move towards the head, you'll find that each flake lies a little farther forward. Ties the sail with sailties every four feet or so. When you work your way to the mast, continue laying the sail on each side of the boom. You may need to do some tucking to get it to fit neatly under the cover. Take your mainsail halyard and clip if to your outhaul at the back of the boom so it does not bang against the mast.
As for docking, go slow and practice. Spend some time motoring around the harbor. Learn how quickly your boat turns around. Practice bringing it to a halt using reverse. Practice reversing. Does it back easier to stbd or port? Learn how to use that to your advantage.
As for launching at a ramp. Get the boat rigged and ready to go before pulling up to the ramp. Move the boat to the ramp. Tie a bow line to the trailer and remove the wire and safety chain. Back up just until the boat floats. You can step hard on the brake to slide the boat back a bit if you're driving into the water (this probably won't be an issue on your boat). Engage your parking brake and tie your boat off to the dock. Quickly park and move your boat out of the ramp area.
Have lots of fun.
|05-21-2007 09:01 AM|
I think I sent you my number, but if you don't have it anymore, send me a PM, then I can give you a call. We can set up some time for me to come up there and I can get you started.
|05-21-2007 06:59 AM|
|rheaton||You might want to check out some books and sailing instructional videos. We found some at our local library.|
|05-21-2007 06:39 AM|
Originally Posted by tenuki
|05-21-2007 12:40 AM|
Originally Posted by superdave
1) 'Flaking the sail' - this is accomplished by making an 'accordion' fold starting from the foot of the sail and working up, usually using the sail attachment points as the pivots for the 'flakes'. It is easiest to do alone from the end of the boom away from the mast, probably standing in the companionway on your size boat. It is also easiest to do with 2 people but with practice can be done with one. Most sailors do this. I don't like it because it puts a 'fold' in the sail at exactly the same point every time and also seems excessively anal retentive.
2) 'rolling the sail' - this is done by taking a big swoop at the bottom of the main and just rolling up the remaining sail into it like a big burrito, try it, it will become obvious how to do it. I prefer this method myself, and it can be easily done with one person. It is a bit harder to do with full battens than with partial.
3) 'bunch and tie' - I wasn't aware of this method until I moved into my new slip and took a look at the guy next to me. The sail cover was off and it looked like he just sort of took some bungie cords and wrapped them randomly about his doused main, hooking them nilly willy to different stuff. It sort of looks like my wife's hair right after she wakes up. I would not recommend this method, nor leaving a main uncovered all winter for birds to poop on and weird green stuff to grow on. I'll have to ask my boat slip neighbor why he chooses this method over the two above.
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