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post #13 of Old 08-04-2004
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Singlehanding to and from the dock

One of the most useful lines you can have while docking in any situation is a breast line. You can control the boat at the dock with just this one line. Have it attached at a mid point on the rail or midship cleat. Run it outboard of everything and back to the cockpit. Step off onto the dock with the breast line in hand and spring the boat to the dock. With properly placed fenders, you can now walk forward and tie the breast line strait from the midship cleat to the dock. Your boat is now safely secured and you may take you seaman like time to tie the perminate mooring lines. I used to use this method with a tartan 30 and now use it all the time with my 28 ft Maxi Fenix. I even do it with guests aboard. There are certain responders to your message whos advice you can take to the bank. Mine is only one suggestion that works well for me....
Good luck and happy sailing. P.S. there is nothing that will give you a feeling of satisfaction like single handing your own vessel well......
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