Docking a Twin Stern Drive

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Uplate, Dec 23, 2008.

  1. Kameroo

    Kameroo Member GOLD Sponsor

    683
    Feb 1, 2007
    Louisville, KY
    12' Kayaks
    Human
    I'd suggest everybody go test drive the new Zeus or Axius. You'll be ruined for good, and no matter which method you'll remember how easy it was on the new ones.
     
  2. AKBASSKING

    AKBASSKING Active Member

    Apr 13, 2008
    SE Alaska Summer/Columbia River winter
    1988 Yacht Fisher
    Twin 375hp Cat 3208 T/A
    For all of you Stern drivers:

    Mercury has sent me a Service Manual for MerCruiser #6 Sterndrive Units-R/MR/Alpha One/Alpha One SS

    Problem is I don't have stern drives!:wow:

    Anyone interested in a service manual?:huh:
     
  3. Donald46

    Donald46 New Member

    35
    Nov 13, 2008
    Great South Bay Long Island NY
    350 Sundancer 2010 w/Axius Raymarine C-80 GPS/chart plotter Radar Smart Craft
    Mercruiser Stern Drive Axius ECT377 MPI BR3
    I hope all your Holiday wishes came true!

    I have had some of problems with the "D" word especially in the beginning and the end of each season due to the wind and current. We just purchased a new 2008 searay w/ the Axius system in June. Docking has been a joy, We pulled out of Watch Hill on Fire Island on Oct. 19th of this year with 35 mile winds and my wife did not touch a thing. Life is Good!!
     
  4. SeastheDayII

    SeastheDayII New Member

    9
    Dec 16, 2008
    Brandon, FL
    400 Sedan
    Twin Cummins 6CTA's
    Obviously you have lots of schools of thought. I had a 30 with IO's for years and landed on not using the wheel because you cannot keep up with where the rudders are. I would ensure straight rudders when entering the marina then only use shifting to get her home. If all hell broke out, and it does sometimes, I would use rudders as necessary to go forward far enough to get a clean restart and restraighten the rudders. Two major issues with IO's vs V-drives 1) when IO engines are running you always have some forward thrust with exhaust through the hubs, and 2) IO's just dont have much oomph in reverse at idle. So, being able to give some reverse throttle in close quarters is often necessary, especially with any adverse wind or current. Because of these issues I would not hesitate to lay against a piling when backing into a slip. I always had good control and with practice (and instructions to all mates to not push me off the piling) it was sooth as silk. You will find a way that's right for you.
     
  5. Uplate

    Uplate New Member

    977
    Oct 13, 2008
    Nashville, TN. Percy Priest Lake
    1998 Sea Ray Sundancer 310
    Westebeke 4KW Generator
    Twin 5.7 Mercruiser Carbuerated.
    Alpha 1 Drives
    I usually end up doing this. Consider that I am putting in a 11.4" beam into a 12' W slip. No room for error here.

    Once I get the starboard side against the piling/post, I usually give a hard shot of port reverse to line up, and then a short burst of both reverse to back in.

    If I had a bigger slip, then it would be less of an issue..but I am tight!!
     
  6. Stray Cat

    Stray Cat Active Member TECHNICAL Contributor

    Oct 4, 2006
    Pool 10 Guttenberg, IA
    2006 300DA Sundancer
    350 Mags / Bravo III
    Dude, you need an industrial shoe horn and vasaline! Do back in with any fenders out?
     
  7. Uplate

    Uplate New Member

    977
    Oct 13, 2008
    Nashville, TN. Percy Priest Lake
    1998 Sea Ray Sundancer 310
    Westebeke 4KW Generator
    Twin 5.7 Mercruiser Carbuerated.
    Alpha 1 Drives
    Ha!. Actually I think my beam is 11.2', so it may not be as bad as I had originally stated at 11.4':grin:

    Yes, fenders are permanent on the dock sides.
     

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