Docking stern in.....

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  1. billnpat

    billnpat New Member SILVER Sponsor

    Nov 15, 2009
    Lindenhurst N.Y.
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    Having a problem docking stern in standing facing backwards using my right hand for the shifters when i'm left handed....

    Any leftys out there with same problem.???:huh:
    if i use my left hand then for the shifters then

    TWISTING MY NECK AROUND HURTS LIKE HECK..:smt009
     
  2. fwebster

    fwebster Well-Known Member TECHNICAL Contributor PLATINUM Sponsor

    Oct 6, 2006
    Middle Tennessee ; Panama City Beach, FL
    1996 450DA
    3116 Caterpillars
    While facing aft, take one step to your right. Puts your left hand at the shifters and puts your eyes closer to the centerline of the boat.
     
  3. billnpat

    billnpat New Member SILVER Sponsor

    Nov 15, 2009
    Lindenhurst N.Y.
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    Thanks Frank
    ill try it today....:thumbsup:
     
  4. NoThanksDad

    NoThanksDad New Member

    314
    Jun 21, 2009
    Audubon, PA
    330 Sundancer 1994
    twin 5.7L Mercruiser w/ Alpha I drives
    Actually, it's just a jump to the left, then a step to the right, you put your hands on your hips, and pull your knees in tight... oohh wait that's the time warp again.:grin: Hang in there Bill, it'll come.:thumbsup:
     
  5. HUMPH

    HUMPH Well-Known Member PLATINUM Sponsor

    Nov 4, 2009
    SF BAY AREA
    2003 410DA,
    2004 C14 Caribe
    CAT 3126TA's 350HP/
    50HP Honda
    You do the hokie pokie and you turn yourself around, that's what it's all about. :smt038
     
  6. billnpat

    billnpat New Member SILVER Sponsor

    Nov 15, 2009
    Lindenhurst N.Y.
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    HA HA :smt038 GOTCHA:thumbsup:
     
  7. HUMPH

    HUMPH Well-Known Member PLATINUM Sponsor

    Nov 4, 2009
    SF BAY AREA
    2003 410DA,
    2004 C14 Caribe
    CAT 3126TA's 350HP/
    50HP Honda
    Actually, to be serious, make sure you get yourself aligned upwind from your berth keeping about 10' or less from the edge of the dock then let the breeze (or wind) get you lined up straight. If you start lined up the wind can push your bow past the finger and you have to start over.

    This technique has worked very well for me and I have no problems docking stern in with a 15 or 20 MPH breeze. Just go slow, let her drift, keep the bow a little upwind and then back her in. Keep it in slow motion and nothing too bad can happen.

    "Slow like a pro not fast like an ass".
     
  8. billnpat

    billnpat New Member SILVER Sponsor

    Nov 15, 2009
    Lindenhurst N.Y.
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    Twin-Zeus-Cummins QSC 600 (T-574 hp - 420 kW) Zeus Propulsion includes Helm joystick, Skyhook® Stati
    Thank you very much for the advice Ken.....:thumbsup:
     
  9. JohnEGraham

    JohnEGraham Member

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    Aug 5, 2008
    Long Island, NY.
    250 Sundancer 1998 5.7.
    350 Merc / Bravo 3
    You think it hard making Stern way with a twin engine, try a 25ft single screw in to a slip that is only 9 inches bigger that my beam width and the prevailing winds is a 90% cross wind. The first thing I learned on Boat repair is how to repair Gel coat ):JG
     
  10. Presentation

    Presentation Well-Known Member TECHNICAL Contributor

    Oct 3, 2006
    Wisconsin - Winnebago Pool chain of lakes
    280 Sundancer, Westerbeke MPV generator
    twin 5.0's w/BIII drives
    I also found that opening the stern boarding door before I start backing gives me a improved site line.
     
  11. Larry&Leisa

    Larry&Leisa Active Member

    Oct 26, 2006
    Keystone Lake Oklahoma
    1999 330EC
    454's
    interesting.. so you actually turn around huh? ( and it sounds like more do than don't) I'm a lefty and I don't think I could do it if I had to fully turn and face aft ( not the right handed left handed thing..). I just twist my shoulders around and turn my head a little.
     
  12. Southpaw II

    Southpaw II Active Member SILVER Sponsor

    Aug 18, 2008
    Madison, MS
    2001 380 DA
    T8.1 Horizons
    I face backwards. Sounds like a "poll" to me...I can do either hand, I'm amphibious.:grin:
     
  13. Tonka Boater

    Tonka Boater Active Member GOLD Sponsor

    Jun 11, 2008
    Wayzata, MN
    1997 232 BR
    502 MAG, Bravo I
    Same here - it may seem trivial but every bit helps.
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  14. Larry&Leisa

    Larry&Leisa Active Member

    Oct 26, 2006
    Keystone Lake Oklahoma
    1999 330EC
    454's
    well I guess I'm going to have try the 'proper' way.. altho reaching behind me and up doesn't sound comfortable at all.

    :grin:
     
  15. fwebster

    fwebster Well-Known Member TECHNICAL Contributor PLATINUM Sponsor

    Oct 6, 2006
    Middle Tennessee ; Panama City Beach, FL
    1996 450DA
    3116 Caterpillars
    I learned to face aft running bigger flybridge boats with shifters on opposite sides of the console where there isn't much other way. Once you get used to it, it is more natural. The only time I stay seated when backing into a slip is when there is enough wind or current to require some throttle.
     
  16. Redhook98

    Redhook98 New Member

    893
    Aug 28, 2008
    Potomac River
    2000 Velocity 260
    496 HO, Bravo IX
    So much easier from a flybridge! :)
     
  17. everthing's irie

    everthing's irie New Member

    889
    Jan 20, 2008
    Georgia
    2006 290DA
    Twin 6's
    Yep facing aft is the way to go.:thumbsup:
     
  18. MaddyDean

    MaddyDean New Member

    545
    Nov 25, 2009
    Great South Bay, Long Island N.Y.
    280 Sundancer, 1991
    Twin 5.7 Mercruisers w/alpha drives
    amphibious:huh:
     
  19. fwebster

    fwebster Well-Known Member TECHNICAL Contributor PLATINUM Sponsor

    Oct 6, 2006
    Middle Tennessee ; Panama City Beach, FL
    1996 450DA
    3116 Caterpillars
    Easier from a flybridge? .................I don't know about that.

    A boat is a boat, each has its own endearing qualities. The important thing is to do what you need to to control the boat and make it go where you want it to go instead of letting the wind, current, your awkwardness due to poor reach, or well meaning but clueless slip neighbor take control of your situation.
     
  20. Presentation

    Presentation Well-Known Member TECHNICAL Contributor

    Oct 3, 2006
    Wisconsin - Winnebago Pool chain of lakes
    280 Sundancer, Westerbeke MPV generator
    twin 5.0's w/BIII drives
    I also back into the stall facing 'bass ackwards."
     

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