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|11-30-2011 10:10 PM|
I use my feet....and like others, do it barefoot...but the added thing is I have to back my boat into the slip...which is a whole new wrinkle...basically, take it slow, but be sure that you have enough headway to maintain control...and make sure your crew can leap tall buildings (or at least clear the gap between the boat and the dock).
Skipper, "Das Dawg Haus"
"I'm the skipper, when my wife lets me"
|11-30-2011 09:14 PM|
|Capt Len||I find I'm almost always better off with a midship spring first. It's on the end of the finger with an eye, ready to drop on the mid cleat as I approach at an angle and turning to use the inertia of 22 tons to come along side. Boat does NOT go where it is pointing but where its pivot point is going.The spring is already the correct length so boat stops graceful or not. And wind or current will determine which way I run for the next line.but usually get the stern to prevent it kicking out as spring comes taut. I'm 55 ' overall , all windage foreward so timing is everything. Practice makes it look easy.|
|11-30-2011 03:06 PM|
Originally Posted by Barquito View Post
To tie off stern first and to have the boat in slow forward is of really no benefit and actually a danger. If I am on the pier able to tie the stern, I might as well tie the mid cleat and be done with it- the boat is now secure. to have the boat in gear and no one at the controls or on the boat is a big danger. Also, in this situation I now not only need to physically hold the wind loads on the boat, but also the prop loads. If somthing happens to me, the boat is in gear and might get spun around and head out of the dock. With no engine, worst thing that can happen is boat smacks the pier or slipmates boat, but after that she will stay in the slip and get banged around but not go anywhere (wind will keep pushing her into the slip).
|11-30-2011 02:53 PM|
|Barquito||Seems to me if you tied off the stern first, with a large fender at mid-ship and engine in slow forward, the bow would be pushed toward port, keeping the ship snugged to the pier. However, not sure I like the idea of jumping off a boat with the engine running in gear.|
|11-30-2011 01:56 PM|
Originally Posted by SecondWindNC View Post
|11-30-2011 01:48 PM|
No, you're entirely right. When wind or current is a factor, you're going to have to keep a certain amount of speed on in order to maintain steerage.
But going back to your docking setup, without a piling between the two slips, what keeps the boat off the finger pier? Just fenders?
|11-30-2011 01:43 PM|
Just a comment on boat speed while docking. I try to go as slow as possible. But what I have found is that when docking during high winds, boat speed (if not excessive) may be your friend. Once it was very windy and I tried docking the boat going very slow. What I found is that the wind then took control of my boat. Say (single handing) you are coming into a dock that you are going to tie to. Say a strong wind is headed directly at your beam and blowing you off the dock. If you go too slow while approaching the dock, the wind will have more control of your boat than you do and will push you away, as it pushes you away you attempt to steer more towards the dock, in an extreme case your bow will be pointing to the dock, but in this situation there is no way to safely get off your boat to tie off. If you come in with some speed, then hit reverse to stop the boat and maybe even use some prop walk to move your stern closer to the dock, you can step off a boat that is stopped and next to the dock. Agree it is not good to have speed while docking, but as I see it sometimes it is the only way.
Am I missing somthing?
|11-29-2011 06:02 PM|
Originally Posted by teddier1 View Post
|11-29-2011 05:54 PM|
|teddier1||My dock set up also has a boat next to me with just one piling for the stern tie up. I ran a cable covered with a hose from the stern piling to the dock. With this set up if the wind pushes me toward my neighhor the cable prevents me from hitting him. My new boat has a bow thruster which make life very easy.|
|11-29-2011 04:14 PM|
Originally Posted by davidpm View Post
Boat is S&S 34 with 37 feet ovrall including self steer (10 foot beam). Engine is Yanmar 3gmd 20 hp.
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