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Singlehanding to and from the dock
I''ve single-handed our 36'' boat and agree with Jeff that docking is the most difficult part. Wind is the big issue, when calm it''s easy. Our piling are too tall to loop a line over. I drape the dock lines in big loops over the life lines for quick access from the dock. Having pre-set lengths with eye-spliced loops helps. We have a mid-ships cleat on the dock and the first line I go for is a mid-ships line to this cleat, snugged as short as possible. Once this is on you''re set as it can act as a spring in either direction. Having permanent bumpers along the dock as well as fenders out lets the boat pivot arond this line without damage while you get the bow and stern lines on.
We have sailed in and out but only when the landing is upwind.