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08-14-2009 03:59 PM
jackdale Once the point on the boat is set, there should be not need to fine tune. The key is to off to the dock at a point abeam of the the transom.
08-14-2009 03:35 PM
legarots The single line method you described does sound nice.

I've always used a single line midship, but you have to steer away from the dock to keep the boat snug.

When turning the wheel away (for bow out) and towards (for stern out) the dock as you described, do you also have to adjust the length of the line in order to fine tune?
08-14-2009 01:02 PM
jackdale
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Does this hold the boat snug against the dock?
I am not sure how "snug" you want it. But in my experience it does hold it to the dock well. In a big blow, I would use a centre line tie.

BTW - this is a great method for two people. For too frequently I see some one step off (or worse jump off) with the breast lines. One line is all you need. If you are going into a marina other than own this also works very nicely.

One other thing for the OP, are you attaching to fender or two to the port side? That would help provide a cushion against the boat house.

Jack
08-14-2009 10:39 AM
legarots
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The single line method described by me in an earlier posting permits the rudder to be centered. Turning the rudder will permit fine tuning of the boats position.
Does this hold the boat snug against the dock?
08-14-2009 01:16 AM
jackdale The single line method described by me in an earlier posting permits the rudder to be centered. Turning the rudder will permit fine tuning of the boats position.
08-14-2009 12:45 AM
sailingfool Permanetly attach a dock line to the rail using a rolling hitch, located to serve as an after bow spring.

When you depart, hang this line so it is accessible.

Returning to the slip, have crew at the bow obtain this line as the bow passes by, and immediately secure it to the bow cleat. Leave the engine in forward with hard left rudder and the boat will lay against the dock in any breeze, you can take your time with the other lines.
08-13-2009 06:33 PM
cthomas i know an old man that has a setup like ncc320 says. he powers in and lets the boat hit the "net" then grabs the lines off the dock. first time in with him i asked what i could do to help. he said sit and relax. he ran in at two to three knots and the "v" held his boat. scared the fire out of me.
08-13-2009 03:45 PM
deniseO30 This may sound silly to yall "man vs wind" types... but if your at a marina, and you pay for the slip.. isn't is ok to just call the right person there and ask for help if the wind is kicking up? or is that against the "no Man ever asks for help code?" ( giggles) Or perhaps.. just go to the main docking area and wait for the winds become more "user friendly"?
08-13-2009 03:12 PM
jackdale
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This appears to be much improved over the original suggestion, and quicker too
One of the joys of a forum such as this is that it can get your creative juices going. I was thinking where the stand would be mounted; perhaps opposite the transom. You would not want it interfering with access on and off the boat.
08-13-2009 03:06 PM
NCC320
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One build an upright stand to hold a previously installed line (perhaps with a messenger that could snagged with a boat hook on the way in. There are commercial products of a similar design.
This appears to be much improved over the original suggestion, and quicker too
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