Originally Posted by PaulinVictoria
Yes, it wasn't the spot I thought I was getting, but it's also a 5 minute walk to the boat from home vs a 1 hour drive to the mooring, plus a dinghy ride.
My best advice is to find out what kind of Scotch your Dock Master prefers and gently ply him with it. It’s cheaper by the case.
You got a suck berth, seriously. There is no way to align yourself, to get some kind of perspective on the docking operation. The best tactic is to find a way to improve the berth. Even if you have to pay more for a bigger one. Pay rent or pay for repairs, it’s just money.
Best of luck. My first few dockings with our big boat were really bad, one ended in an intentional grounding. No joke, I stuck her nose in the bank until I could calm down and reassess. That was a bad marina to berth in, I got the Owner to give me an end slip.
44’ boat, + 5’ bow sprit, full keel, barn door rudder, motor boat prop (at the time), IOW would not back for beans. And I was suppose to dock alongside between 2 other boats with about 10’ clearance each end.
But also changing to a proper sailboat prop made a big difference in backing ability. Surprising how many sailboats don’t have a sailboat prop.