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post #39 of Old 02-28-2019
geoirishbox
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Re: Making it easier to solo sail.

Any sailor or boater should learn to use spring lines. There are many variations. I like Chapman's explanations and diagrams. If you get the idea of how they work, one can single hand almost any boat in and out of a dock, berth, side tie, alongside another boat(s) etc. Even it you do not have an engine, the spring line will save you butt. On the SF Bay, water is going one way, the tide the other, the wind yet another, and the idiots on the dock trying to hold your boat with their hands after you have thrown them a line.

Practice, practice, practice.
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