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12-26-2011 02:34 PM
arisatx
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Originally Posted by arisatx View Post
Thanks Carl - will look around & if I find it, will post particulars.
I found that article "Slip Exits without Angst" by Jess Gregory in Good Old Boat, July / August 2010 issue.

Jess explains the use of a bannister line.
09-20-2011 09:23 PM
billyruffn Why not just back in?



09-19-2011 11:31 PM
arisatx
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Originally Posted by carl762 View Post
I know it was in Good Old Boat, but I don't have the issue handy. It was several issues ago.
Thanks Carl - will look around & if I find it, will post particulars.
09-19-2011 08:48 PM
rdstanley If I'm picturing this correctly, you come into your slip bow first and the forestay hits the two lines in the center of the X so that those lines kind of hold the boat still long enough to get your dock lines on?

Not exactly... the lines are only dock height except for the one coming off the pylon. At the bow it's probably 2 feet off the water. As the line goes down the starboard side of the boat the height of the line increases as it gets closer to the pylon. This added height helps keep me from getting close to my neighbor if the wind is blowing on my port beam. If its blowing across my starboard beam it'll just push me towards my finger pier. The "X" keeps me away from the dock and my dock box. It actually holds the stern just out of the slip. This will only allow the stern to move between the pylon and the finger pier. It's worked great so far.
09-19-2011 08:39 PM
DRFerron
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Originally Posted by rdstanley View Post
The 2 lines cross and form an X about 1/3 the way down the slip. I can pull in the slip with enough power to keep me from drifting off with no problem.
If I'm picturing this correctly, you come into your slip bow first and the forestay hits the two lines in the center of the X so that those lines kind of hold the boat still long enough to get your dock lines on?
09-19-2011 08:31 PM
rdstanley I single hand quite often and had to come up with a "easy" docking method. The system works so well I use it even with crew. Makes docking a no drama situation.

We are on floating docks with a pylon between us and our slip mate. We have a full length finger pier as well. I have a line that comes off the pylon which is on the starboard side of the slip. It goes to the main dock port side. I then take another line and go from the main dock starboard side to the end of the finger pier. The 2 lines cross and form an X about 1/3 the way down the slip. I can pull in the slip with enough power to keep me from drifting off with no problem. Even when the wind is dead on my beam I can sit the boat in my "X" and it stays in the middle of the slip. It also helps greatly when leaving the slip singlehanded.

It only takes a few minutes to set up or take down the system. Very simple, very easy.
09-19-2011 07:58 PM
carl762
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Wasn't there an article in one of the sail mags on setting up a bannister or buddy dock line? Anyone remember which magazine / issue?
I know it was in Good Old Boat, but I don't have the issue handy. It was several issues ago.
09-18-2011 01:58 PM
jrd22 I would use the port finger to tie to when a north wind is blowing, easy, uncomplicated. I would be much more worried about backing out of that slip in a north wind with the bow wanting to blow off to port and the prop wanting to swing the stern to port as well. Bowthruster?
09-18-2011 10:32 AM
arisatx
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Originally Posted by bljones View Post
Some thoughts;
1.You need a bannister line. It makes it easier to leave your slip.

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Wasn't there an article in one of the sail mags on setting up a bannister or buddy dock line? Anyone remember which magazine / issue?

Thanks
09-07-2011 05:41 PM
dhays
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Originally Posted by rtbates View Post
why is your wife stepping off the boat BEFORE you're tied off?? I've never understood why folks step off, grab dock lines and hand back to boat. IF it's your 'home' slip aren't the lines attached at the dock? Sail in and reach out with a boat hook, grab lines and pull aboard and tie off. THEN step off. No drama.
Most of the time, the boat is stationary when we step off. It is easier to step off, and then place the dock line on the boats cleat than try to grab a line with a boat hook. However, it is worth a try.

Dave
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