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We teach a technique for single line docking.
There is a point about 1/4 of the distance from the transom to the bow at which, if you attach a line and then tie to the dock opposite the transom, then put the boat in forward, the boat will suck into the dock. FIND THIS POINT BEFORE LEAVING THE DOCK.
When it is in the right position, you should be able to adjust the attitude of the boat. Turn the wheel away from the dock, the bow should move away from the dock and the stern comes in. Turn the wheel toward the dock the bow will turn in and the stern out.
If you boat has a metal toe rail with scuppers, attach a shackle to the point. If not find another strong point. The primary winch is a good place to start. On the dock tie a line with a hook, which when taut will be opposite the transom when the hook is attached to the shackle.
Before coming into the dock attach your bow and stern breast lines and drape them over your lifelines. Attach a centre line to the midship cleat, if you have one, or to the shrouds.
When you come into the dock and get the boat stopped, put the boat in neutral and smartly step off the the boat and attach the dock line prepared previously to the shackle. Get back on and put the transmission in forward. After the boat has aligned itself to the dock, LEAVE THE TRANSMISSION IN FORWARD. Step off and tie your breast lines and use the centre line tie as a forward spring. The single line dock line can serve as an aft spring. Or you could attach another.
If the cross wind is too strong just get the centre line attached the dock first.
I have also seen a line with a large that can catch a cleat or dock ring.
I have done this in a cross wind and it does work.
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