Originally Posted by southwindphoto
While Iím new to sailing, Iíve been around boating my entire life.. My dad had a marina when I was a kid, and for as long as I can recall back, I remember bring boats from the marina slip over to the fuel docks, and back to their slip.
The best advice I can give anyone single handling a boat is take is slow and easy. Remember a body in motion trends to stay in motion.. So once the boat is underway, click it back in natural and let momentum take you in.
Then bump it in and out of forward, as you need to reach your target. Angel it in to the dock, and then at the last minute hit reverse with the ruttier facing the dock in reverse; then back to natural, as the boat comes to stop just inches away from the dock.
As others have said... Have fore and aft dock lines ready, and most of the time, (depending on the wind) I run forward to hand a line over to someone on the dock, then to the back.
If there is no one to help on the dock... Then make sure you angle into the wind, and current, and then have a LONG front line, that is near your cockpit, so you can jump off on the dock with it in your hand to secure the boat to the dock.
An amidships line is a much better suggestion than a bow line.
With a bow line, the stern can blow off the dock and cause some serious problems. With a stern line, the bow can blow off the dock with similar results. With an amidships line, you can bring the boat into the dockówithout having the bow or stern being able to blow off and control how far forward or aft the boat lies to the dock.
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