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08-03-2011 05:05 PM
OtterGreen if it hasnt been mentioned before, make some guidlines tapered at the the bow. this helps me dramatically as i am usually alone. it gives just enough hold to keep from drifting into the other boat next to me.
07-11-2011 12:28 PM
Cal28
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Originally Posted by adell50 View Post
thanks again, everyone, for all of the adice and resources. I am really getting the hang of it now..and even practiced a few times over the weekend to make sure I was following them word for word.

Now, if I could only get some tips on how to make sandwichs while keeping the sails full
helps having a mate aboard ... to do that for you ... but that rather flies in the face of 'single handing' ...
07-11-2011 12:18 PM
adell50 thanks again, everyone, for all of the adice and resources. I am really getting the hang of it now..and even practiced a few times over the weekend to make sure I was following them word for word.

Now, if I could only get some tips on how to make sandwichs while keeping the sails full
07-11-2011 12:49 AM
Sublime I've got a line with a bumper in the middle that goes across my slip which will catch the boat before it hits the dock if I don't get it stopped in time. So far I haven't had to rely on it but I'm sure I'll come in too hot one of these days.
07-11-2011 12:42 AM
luck66 I dock my 30 foot sloop singlehanded all the time. The Latitudes and Attitudes singlehanded video regarding docking was very good. I also have my lines ready on the boat, and bumbers out on the side of the boat thats comming in contact with the dock.
07-10-2011 10:12 PM
Cal28 This lil video did wonders for me ... shows what many above are explaining ...

Seafaring Magazine –Latitudes and Attitudes Television | Capt Jack shows how to dock bow into the wind while singlehanded.
07-10-2011 12:48 PM
capta I handle a 53' ketch alone all the time & the secret is SPRING LINES.
Once I have an aft spring line on I turn the helm away from the dock (tiller's [ob or boat] the opposite, of course; have a bit of line to hold it in place), put the engine in forward which holds the boat into the dock on the spring line, & go about the business of getting the other lines on at your leisure.
This works in any wind/current conditions; you only need to vary the engine rpm's to the point where the boat is held tight alongside the dock.
I have proper midship spring line cleats, but your gene winches will do as suggested above. If you are going to be a serious single-hander, you might consider installing midship cleats (with bolts & backing plates, NOT screws) p & s.
I do the same when preparing to leave; put engine in gear against the spring, remove all other lines, then put engine in neutral, slip the spring & pull away from dock/slip.
This always works & makes you look pretty competent, too.
07-10-2011 10:23 AM
Northface25 FoolishMuse, that was a good link. thanks
07-05-2011 02:50 PM
AdamLein Adell, nice to hear you're getting out on your own. You've got some good advice so far.

I have a very similar setup, so I thought I'd share my experiences.

My first "home dock" was usually, but not always, a windward dock with the finger more or less parallel to the wind. My berth was on the far side of the finger when coming in from the fairway. This meant I had to pass around the finger (to starboard) and then come back at it. Those two factors meant that it was often much easier to back into the slip than to go bow-in. I would drift in neutral past the slip with a little turn to port, get her going in reverse, and then once I had steerage in reverse I would steer backwards in neutral again. The wind would help line the boat up with the finger.

On my new home dock, that's quite a bit trickier. It's the same arrangement as far as wind goes, but the fairway is much narrower and I don't really have room to do the same thing. I always go bow-in now, but fortunately I don't have to pass my finger and then head back to it (I picked a slip that had that feature). Docking is always stress-free now, though getting out is a bit harder.
07-05-2011 02:12 PM
adell50 Thanks again everyone for the advice.

Yesterday, I left the dock for the first time and took my boat sailing solo.

It was amazing and glorious. Trust that Neptune was laughing when I tried to keep the sails full AND make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich
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