Docking under power
From Complete Sailing Manual, pg. 203
by Steve Sleight. A great primer on boat handling. This is a good book to add to
your library. Lots of diagrams.
DK Publishing www.dk.com
people seem to have no problem docking, but for me it's usually "white
knuckle" time. Always approach bow to tide or wind whichever is strongest.
Sometimes it's better to take a test run past the dock to get a feel for the
most dominant. When in doubt, assume tide is stronger. Also, my H260 backs very
well, so I usually back into a wind when given the chance.
approach. Keep speed up to maintain way to keep from drifting into boat. Turn at
last minute. Use stopping mid spring and reverse if necessary. Sometimes it's
better to stop amidships at end of the pier & use warp to manhandle boat
approach. maintain way turn at last minute and drift into dock. Use stopping mid
spring & reverse. Never allow crew to stop boat manually - use warps or