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Not sure if you are against a wall or in a slip? If against a wall a line from the bow cleat to a point amidships on the wall, with the bow protected and the boat in forward, will pivot the boat away from the wall and allow you to back down when a clear shot to the fairway is achieved. A long line is key to doing this from the cockpit. Once you release the line in this case it will be dragging in the water in front of the boat while you are in reverse and in no danger of fouling the line. Slow/stop the boat, collect the line, and proceed. Never easy when 15 knots is pushing you back, but achievable as long as you have some room to move.
In a slip with this type of wind, whether seamanlike or not, I attempt to manhandle the boat out of the slip. I would rig a line from the stern to the dock as a pivot point, controlling it from the helm. Get the boat away from the dock, walk it out part way into the fairway, get to the helm and reverse using the stern line to pivot the boat with stern downwind. Once clear into the fairway,drop the end of the line and let it slip into the water as you put the boat into forward. Dependent on your boats cleat set up you should have a line behind you, clear of the prop, to pull aboard as you proceed down the fairway.
Last edited by tommyt; 02-06-2007 at 01:18 AM.