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post #8 of Old 06-08-2004
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Mr. Bill
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Singlehanding to and from the dock

I''d encourage you to SAIL in and out of your slip as much as possible, starting out on lite wind days with crew to build confidence. I sail in & out of my slip exclusvely, and it''s very rewarding- often get comlpiments from other sailors.
As the wind builds, you can start out with a reefed main, then raise the jib when you get in open water, reversing the process when you return to the dock. Oversheeting the main will keep your boat speed under control for the last 50-100 yards. You might also want to experment with only your headsail up. And a "Tiller Tamer" will help alot too.
You can also tie a line between your two dock bow cleats, to prevent ramming-kind of a spring line for the bow of your boat.

Best of luck.
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