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post #3 of Old 06-07-2004
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Singlehanding to and from the dock

I singlehand almost exclusively, formerly on my Pearson 27 and now on my Pearson 33. Some ideas to consider:

1) Advance preparation with docklines. When you leave the slip, leave the docklines neat and orderly on the pilings so that they are ready to grab when you come back in. Make sure they are easy to reach -- don''t just throw them at the dock when you leave or you''ll have nothing to grab when you come back in.

2) Install what I call cheater lines on both sides of the slip. This is a good way to use old lines you have no other use for. They give you something to work with if wind or current moves the boat in a direction you don''t want it to go.

3) Take it slow and easy coming and going. Be aware of the wind and current. Think ahead.

4) Put permanent protection on the dock and/or piers where the boat will hit. There will be times you simply can''t avoid hitting something, so put protection (fenders, old fire hose, the fancy dock guards, etc) out beforehand.
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