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Topic Review (Newest First)
06-12-2011 08:58 PM
WDS123 Just keep repreating: Slow is Pro

paddling is a tried and true method of propulsion, often it is the most sensible


Welcome and well done !
06-12-2011 07:35 PM
BBurg I'll be in Annapolis, Edgewater and Harve de grace in the next two weeks looking at boats. I've retired and it's time to put my sailsuit on.
06-12-2011 02:28 PM
severnmd BBurg! I do live in Severn, MD, although I am originally from Alabama. Come on back and sail!!
06-12-2011 09:18 AM
BBurg A little off topic but are you from Severn, Maryland? I've lived in KY for the past 25 years but I was raised on Quarterfield Road near Danza Rd. and went to Arundel High. Small world if true........well not really that small but Howdy, as they say in these here parts.
06-11-2011 11:55 PM
MikeinLA Sounds like you did great! Sailing with non-sailor friends is just like single-handing. One time I came into the slip a little briskly and had to punch her in reverse to slow her down. Boat coasted nicely into the slip and I hopped off to secure the lines. Suddenly I hear, " Bye....we're leaving". I had left the engine idling....in reverse... and the boat was slowly motoring out of the slip. Just one of several funny docking events over 27 years. Just remember, any landing where you don't have to pull out your checkbook is a good landing.

Mike
06-10-2011 11:27 PM
ardoin Agree, the hardest thing to do is bring the boat into a slip single handed with cross winds. Everything else is sooooo much easier to do. Great Job! Keep it up and you will be relaxed at doing it.
My hardest was sailing into the slip single handed when the engine when capputs. Even I was impressed that i was able to get this monster up Back Creek and then backed into the slip by a few feet with only a bit of main and the staysail. Thank dog for a buddy line (lazy line on the slip).

Oh, i don't think i would try that again. I was foolish then.
06-10-2011 07:27 PM
johnnyandjebus Congrats

The only one's laughing are the ones who have never docked a boat. Personally I find sailing in heavy weather to be more enjoyable,less stressful and easier then bring my boat into dock under heavy wind. I have spent enough time at my harbour over the years to notice people's reactions to a docking gone bad. The non sailors tend to stand and stare, the sailors? A look of sympathy without trying to make eye contact with said captain. We have all been there and will be there again.

Have fun
John
06-10-2011 05:52 PM
captflood GREETINGS EATHLINGS: Well done for having the bottle to have a go on the oggin. One of the methods I use to slow the boat but still maintain steerage is to scanderlise the main (Yachie term for pulling on the topping lift to bring the boom to about 45 degrees) This slows the boat but still gives some forward mouvment . dont let them grind you down you whent for a sail they stayed ashore NERR NERR well done GO SAFE
06-10-2011 04:53 PM
severnmd Thanks for all the replies!! It is definitely fun! I don't care if those folks were laughing, I was just setting the mood for my story! haha

Have a great weekend everyone!!!
06-10-2011 03:41 PM
DSneade We've all been there! Getting the 'feel' of any boat comes with experience. So what if onlookers were amused. By the end of summer, you will be the one chuckling at the newbies. My advice to all new boaters (power or sail) is this: "Boats have no brakes".

Have an awesome summer of sailing.
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