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Any Videos of Moderate to High Crosswind/Current Docking?

I read and hear about people docking in high crosswinds or high current situations, but I never see any video proof of them doing it successfully or not so successfully. Say 15+ knots crosswind and or 4+ knots current. All the instruction videos talk a good story, but they always do their demonstration in no or low wind situations, or no current situations. I understand that the crews making the actual docking/undocking in such situations don't have time to tape the action, but how about by-standers and passengers.

If they exist, let's see them. If not; a challenge to you sailers who do this kind of docking: make some videos and post them.

We timid, fair weather sailors want to be amazed and impressed, and we might even learn how to do it ourselves without tearing up the boat in learning.

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a challenge to you sailers who do this kind of docking: make some videos and post them.
We can't, we too busy screaming obscenities at our crew. Especially us singlehanders.
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We used to be in a slip exposed to strong cross winds and a bit of current. Not to say it was easy to dock, but you do get used to it. The midship spring line was the ticket to happiness. Sorry, no video. The new slip is very very easy!
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We can't, we too busy screaming obscenities at our crew. Especially us singlehanders.
I work for the same captain and have the same crew.
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Don't have any videos but have seen quite a few over the years. And view many that was more like bumper cars than mooring a boat.
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My boat has a fair amount of windage. I also should mention that I leave my dock lines in my slip when I take the boat out.

In a cross wind, I have my hands full. My Initial solution was already been mentioned above. Turn the boat (bow in) before the slip, wait for the cross wind to blow you down and then time gunning the engines as the boat slides by the slip. This method is hair raising at best.

What I finally settled on was turning the boat (bow in) just before my slip, and allowing the wind to blow the boat about 1/2 a boat width past the slip. Then crank up the engines and motor partially into the wind as I make the turn into the slip, making sure to use the boat hook to grap the upwind dock line first.

It's slow and easy, more importantly, it works.
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Docking in a strong crosswind

I have not seen any videos, but I did have a really difficult situation a few weeks back. I'm new to a bigger boat, previous was a 25' with outboard so docking in all conditions was easy.

I found myself with my new and unfamiliar 36' boat and a 18 knot crosswind to my finger pier. Trying to control it with boat speed was completely impossible, as the bow was being blown off when I tried to turn. Wind was 90 degrees to my finger pier and blowing me down the slot.

Any boat will want to go basically broadside to the wind. Steering left or right will adjust that broadside to slightly pointed up or slightly down, but the basic motion will remain sideways. What I did was to allow the boat to go broadside out in the open water and drifted into the slot sideways, parallel to my slip. When I got almost in front of the slip I started forward slowly, timing it so the bow just entered the slip as the boat slipped in front of my space. It worked great. The guy on the next pier over was impressed, but mainly because he knew I was a novice and expected the worst. When he realized I had to dock in that crosswind, he had hung every fender he could find on the side if his boat, just to protect himself against my boat.

Next time you're in a strong wind in harbor, try letting the boat drift sideways and controlling the orientation of the boat with the rudder, but without using the engine. It's not very difficult.

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