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Side wind and docking

Old 02-28-2008, 07:05 PM
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Best tip I was ever taught,
When preparing to dock (down to idle speed, and easing in) try to find a stationary flag, and get a look at the direction of the flag, and how heavy the wind is. You'll have to learn the feel of the boat, and how much wind it's going to catch.
Neutral is your friend. Get the boat moving as slowly as possible, bump into gear for a quick push, and then back out.
I was able to back my single screw Baja in between poles 10' wide from a channel now more than 5' wider than the length of my boat in damn near any condition by myself, and it was like parking a car at the mall. By the time I was 1/2 way into the slip, I cut the motor, and let her drift the rest of the way back. By the time the boat was in the slip, I was already up on the bow handling lines.
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Old 02-28-2008, 08:38 PM
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That is a good tip, but I swear that wind is going to catch the nose of that Fountain more than a Baja. Really this stuff should not scare you, you can deal with it, it can sometimes be a pain in the butt.
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