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Old 03-07-2008, 11:11 AM
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I Have 3 Daugthers And My Wife. So Basicly I Am Alone When Docking

I'm with you on that one.........Its taken 10 yrs to get my wife bow.....Finally....
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Old 03-07-2008, 11:13 AM
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One more thought.
Come to the docks slow. Drop of anchor about 20'-30', have a long rope, swim to the docks, pull boat in..
Just kidding..

but !!

You think this is funny? I actualy done this once when my motor died..
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Old 03-07-2008, 11:20 AM
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You can dock it yourself perfectly with an
incredible amount of grace. But that will only
happen when no one is around to see you do it.

I guarantee that if even one person is watching,
you will botch it big time.

I know, this is the story of my life.

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That is so true.
A few months ago I was docking in NPR, right next to the Casino shuttle boat ready to leave. Hundreds of people looking. I been docking for about 30+ years. This time.. I couldn't get to the dock right to save my life. I was ready to go uder water, and hide. Many knows the boat at that dock.
What an embaresing moment. GGGRRRR
Worse,, I had helpers,.. I would be better off alone..

But seriously, what ever happens.. never gat frustrated or angry, that's when you make bad mistakes and hurt boat, you or some one else. KEEP YOUR COOL.
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Old 03-07-2008, 11:24 AM
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is thats why your right arm / hand is so much bigger than your left?
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Old 03-07-2008, 11:26 AM
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That is just what I mean.I have occassionally wife and two small kids with me,so I am alone also then.I want to manage by myself.
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The other must have for docking alone is a telescoping boat hook. With 3' to 8' reach it can easily save the day.

Can either be used to hold position on a tall dock or place a line on a bollard or cleat.
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Quality is better then quantity
Yep! It's not hard to load the boat with a bunch of 4's & 5's!
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Rule #1: Never approach a dock faster that you can afford to hit it.

Rule #2: Fenders at least 1 inch in diameter for every 4 feet of boat length. (Yes - I have 10" diameter fenders.)

Rule #3: L-O-N-G docklines; at least 90% of the length of your boat. ...and a good throwing arm.

Rule #4: See Rule #1. Neutral is your best friend.
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I Have 3 Daugthers And My Wife. So Basicly I Am Alone When Docking
Sounds kinda like me...it's usually me and my wife..this summer it will be me, my wife and our newborn daughter...

Docking is part of owning a boat and something every owner should take the time to learn how to do properly. Our boats are loud enough, we don't need to draw more attention by not knowing how to dock... It amazes me how many people don't know how to drive, it's mind boggling... I usually tell my passengers to hang tight, keep all apendages in the boat and don't do anything, "I got this."

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