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I use my stern line and a fender. I put the boat in reverse and pivot the bow out using the stern line and a fender to protect the aft part of the boat by the stern. A big fender. Once the bow is out, all I do is put it in slow forward and pull away. Works well for me. I have better control in forward and can cut hard once my stern has a bit of seperation. I just leave the stern line looped around a dock cleat and do this singlehandedly.
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Another Idea

My boat pulls substantially to port when in reverse. If it were me, I would park to starboard along the dock, free all the lines and rev up in reverse pulling the boat to port (into the wind). That would work for me.

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I plan to try both the bow line and stern line techniques and see which works better. In the case that I had in mind, there was a slip directly behind me, so there was very little room for the boat to go in reverse, On the other hand, with a stern line holding me in place I wouldn't need much room. Using the stern line seems much more intuitive. I've done it before, but the 15 kt wind holding me to the dock was a bear! As soon as I would get the bow a little off the dock, I was pushed back against it before I could get any steerage.

Thanks for all the great, well thought-out suggestions.
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my slip (30') is at the end of the fairway, not an L shape, but with a full length T-Dock on the side farthest from shore (on the Occoquan River, nr. the Potomac). I have a very hard time getting out with 15 kts on the port beam (the river side) pushing me towards the slip next to me... it's a bit easier with the wind on the starboard side pushing me into the T-Dock because I have 3 fenders plus a dock wheel on the forward corner of the dock, so I can either walk myself (Pearson 26) forward a few feet to be sure I'm clear of the pilings and into the fairway, or use the dock wheel to pivot around/slide along. I have to exit, turn 90 degrees left right away, then do another 90 degree left when I clear the dock to head downriver.

But once it's up around 15 kts, if the winds abeam on either side, getting out or in singlehanded is a real challenge. That's when I really appreciate my wife, who can handle the forward spring or bow line and make it a pretty easy maneuver.

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