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07-12-2007 08:28 PM
sailingdog
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Originally Posted by KJUnder
If you are commited to the slip long term and prevailing winds are on your beam, then I suggest dropping an anchor straight out from your slip. It should have a lot of chain and only a few feet of rode that does not float. Then cleat it off to your slip at a point nearest the the end as possilbe. When it's blowing hard to beam all you do is pick up the line, run it to your bow, tie it off, then dock stern-to. Add your dock lines and untie the anchor line and move it back to it's cleat. Double check that it's on the bottom.

Seems like extra work, but this is a great option and allows for single hand docking.

Kev....
Many marinas would frown upon you leaving an anchor in the fairway.
07-12-2007 10:59 AM
KJUnder
Dock trick

If you are commited to the slip long term and prevailing winds are on your beam, then I suggest dropping an anchor straight out from your slip. It should have a lot of chain and only a few feet of rode that does not float. Then cleat it off to your slip at a point nearest the the end as possilbe. When it's blowing hard to beam all you do is pick up the line, run it to your bow, tie it off, then dock stern-to. Add your dock lines and untie the anchor line and move it back to it's cleat. Double check that it's on the bottom.

Seems like extra work, but this is a great option and allows for single hand docking.

Kev....
07-11-2007 06:50 PM
teshannon Milthan,
That's exactly what I do now with no problems except I start the turn before the slip and use the prop walk to line the stern up so I can then back in. Works like a charm. There is a real good short blub in this month's Sail magazine on executing a 180 turn you just described. I'll practice that tomorrow. Thanks.
Tom Shannon
07-11-2007 06:36 PM
Milthan I have a similar situation with my slip. If you have port prop walk (stern kicks to port) while in reverse this should allow you to turn the easiest to starboard. Using a combination of a little forward with wheel turned to starbaord, then a little reverse to kick the stern to port you should be able to perform a 240 degree turn to starboard in just about the same space / length of your boat. I would suggest practicing this maneuver in a more open area of your marina practice doing 360 degree turns to starboard on a dime. Then once you feel comfortable you can try this as part of your slip entry. Head past your slip (slowly) then with alternating successions of reverse/forward/reverse etc. perform a 180 turn on the spot past your slip, allowing you to enter the slip in the direction that will be easiest for your boat to go in. (wind will push your bow to starboard helping you complete the turn, and if needed a little reverse prop walk to stern helps you kick the stern out to port for a real nice tight turn).

I've executed this maneuver a number of times. My neighbors usually think I keep forgetting where my slip is. On the way out I sometimes do the same thing in reverse doing a 240 to starboard to get out.

Practice makes perfect.

Good luck.
07-11-2007 05:59 PM
cygnussailor
Not training wheels!!!

I also use a cradle in my home slip. I have been sailing for over 20 years and don't need "training wheels" but I do believe that your home slip should be the "friendliest" slip you ever come into. I probably come into my home slip 20 times for every time I come into any other slip. I also singlehand my C400 quite frequently and the cradle makes it a no brainer.

Gary
05-19-2007 12:46 AM
tenuki hahaha, my 24 footer can be sculled by the tiller alone into just about any space/angle (ya I know, not good for the rudder, bah, so what).

why your boat so big?!? That's your problem! ;P
05-18-2007 08:28 PM
camaraderie Giu...I see the baby only needs a small blackout mark....just like Dad!!! You must be so proud!!! (G)
05-18-2007 02:16 PM
teshannon ianhlnd,
Unfortunately no other slips available, at least not with decent water. I'll just back in from now on. The bad news is the tourists can now see the cheap wine and beer we're drinking!
Tom
05-18-2007 01:59 PM
ianhlnd teshannon: I have the same problem only my stern moves to starboard. I solved the problem by getting a different slip, turning to port to dock. I now use the prop torque to line me up.
05-18-2007 11:48 AM
Giulietta
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Originally Posted by TrueBlue
I think Giu's line organizing and management skills are in serious need of improvement . . . but then again, what can you expect from a sailor who uses an inflatable kiddie-tube as a Type IV PVD.
ehehehehe TB you are funny....

That that day was a blast. I had asked Fred to wash the deck, and he did, he also told me he had washed the ropes and had them all nicely organized!!!! In a way I would love...easy to access he said!!

The kiddie tube is my youngest son's private whirl pool when we sail in summer. A way I found to keep the babies happy with piss warm water...

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