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post #14 of Old 08-05-2004
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Singlehanding to and from the dock

Methods vary greatly depending on boat design, fins, full keels, light heavy, etc. A Cal 27 should be an easy one except for the wind in SF. Practice your docking maneuvers first in open water around a buoy or marker jug.

Nobody mentioned this but it is important. Have a big anchor ready to drop over the side if it looks like you are going to ram the dock. Secure it from the bow with the minimum depth rode that will hook the anchor up at your location. Bring it back to the cockpit area so you can get it overboard quickly. Timing is everything but you will learn the threshold on when it''s time to drop the anchor instead of raming the dock.
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