docking...

Discussion in 'Newbie Lounge - NEW' started by DouglasMB, Apr 23, 2012.

  1. Gunn

    Gunn Active Member TECHNICAL Contributor

    Oct 4, 2006
    Potomac River - MD
    2003 280DA and 1995 Sea Ray 175
    Twin 4.3l and 3.0l, all w/ AlphaI GenII drives
    The shopping cart analogy is another piece of great advice from Gofirstclass and is easy to recall in moments of panic.

    To go along with that, the shopping cart will pivot around you...where you are standing. A good thing to know is where does your boat pivot when you cross-control the throttles? This will help when needing to make a 90 degree turn. You'll then know how far you need to pull forward to then turn in that direction. I know for my boat with twin sterndrives, the pivot point is nicely situated about where I am standing at the helm. So I can look to my right or left, line up the fairway or other point to turn (accounting for wind/current), remove all motion, and then cross the shifters and end up pointing right in the center of my new direction.

    Good luck!

    Tom
     
  2. themikehyde

    themikehyde New Member

    629
    Nov 6, 2009
    Potomac River - Colonial Beach
    2001 280 Sundancer
    Twin 4.3's
    Never bump/hit anything that a little wax can't fix!

    After you get the hang of docking with the twins, practice with only one engine, for those "oh ****" times. Better to be familiar before hand than when you really need it!
     
  3. DouglasMB

    DouglasMB New Member

    131
    Apr 22, 2012
    Eastern NC
    1981 sea ray 255 amberjack
    2 185 mercruiser
    I never thought of that... good idea thank you
     
  4. Gunn

    Gunn Active Member TECHNICAL Contributor

    Oct 4, 2006
    Potomac River - MD
    2003 280DA and 1995 Sea Ray 175
    Twin 4.3l and 3.0l, all w/ AlphaI GenII drives
    Mike, you mean like what happened to me last weekend when my fuel pump quit??!! Had to back into an unfamiliar slip at 10:00pm on just a port engine...and no power steering! But...never touched a piling. :)

    Sent from my LG Thrill 3D using Tapatalk 2
     
  5. themikehyde

    themikehyde New Member

    629
    Nov 6, 2009
    Potomac River - Colonial Beach
    2001 280 Sundancer
    Twin 4.3's
    Exactly! Been there, done that several times myself!
     
  6. CBRED

    CBRED New Member

    18
    Nov 2, 2010
    Mountain Island Lake
    260 Sundancer
    5.7 Merc w/Bravo III
    One method to learn "split in the shifters" is to use the thumb method. My dad thought me this years ago when moving around tight spaces. Now I do it and don't even think about it when at the helm of a twin. Because I am not the best writer I found a video on YouTube that explains better than I could on a write up here. Here the link
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F2TNpfvn6QA&feature=youtube_gdata_player
     
  7. electricaldoctor

    electricaldoctor Active Member TECHNICAL Contributor PLATINUM Sponsor

    May 14, 2008
    Thousand Islands, Rockport, Ontario.
    1988 390 EC
    454 Mercruiser Gassers
    Try that with inboards ... total different story than I/O's
     
  8. K-DUB

    K-DUB New Member

    126
    May 10, 2012
    Grosse ile,Michigan
    1998 40 Sundancer
    "K-DUB"
    380 Horizons
    As touched on earlier, there is nothing better than a well synchronized first mate/captain team. It takes a bit to get there tough since both are just learning.
    It's important to explain that sometimes tact and manners is/are left by the wayside when things go sideways, and due to urgency an order has to be "barked" out to avoid trading paint with the neighbor, etc.
    That will be referred to as your "captain’s voice" and in no way should be confused with yelling.
    Same goes with anchoring. Back in the day I had a few cold shoulders after using my captain’s voice. Now it's all automatic. Things still go sideways every once in a while, but now there is a mutual understanding:thumbsup:
    Good luck and enjoy!

    Kevin
     
  9. CV-23

    CV-23 New Member

    Jun 25, 2010
    Williamsport, PA
    1990 270 Sundancer, 2003 Ford Excursion 4x4 Limited
    454 merCruiser w/Bravo 1
    It will be the best money you ever spent!!! Go some extra hours and save thousands of $$$$$, Mike.
     
  10. DouglasMB

    DouglasMB New Member

    131
    Apr 22, 2012
    Eastern NC
    1981 sea ray 255 amberjack
    2 185 mercruiser
    I could not agree any more... and it seems my son is just that guy... sad that he wont always be on the boat with me. But he seems to see me look in a direction and poof there he goes doing what I need before I ask. It was a work of art last night. My second time docking my boat solo (not solo alone but solo no one around to help who has more exp) and I have to really say I did a bang up job... err... ok maybe not a bang up job... hell you get what I am saying.

    My first time docking it solo I was way over thinking it and was trying to use both throttles and do it all fancy blah blah... last night as we approached the dock i just but one engine in neutral and used the other and docked it just as sweet as can be... with the help of my son tieing off the bumper and jumping on the dock with a bow line as we approched it was smooth... :) i'll take a little victory over a little loss anyday :)
     
  11. DouglasMB

    DouglasMB New Member

    131
    Apr 22, 2012
    Eastern NC
    1981 sea ray 255 amberjack
    2 185 mercruiser

    good video nice and simple I will have to play with it a little... that water where he was is nice and calm and that helps
     
  12. K-DUB

    K-DUB New Member

    126
    May 10, 2012
    Grosse ile,Michigan
    1998 40 Sundancer
    "K-DUB"
    380 Horizons
    That's awesome. What boating is all about. Some great father/son bonding and fond memories. I learned everything I know about boating from my father and I cherish that every day.
     
  13. rmarkko17

    rmarkko17 New Member

    4
    Jun 18, 2012
    St Petersburg, Florida
    1990 Sea Ray 350 Express Cruiser
    Twin 454 Mercruisers
    Hi all, just bought a "new" 1990 350EC, I am pretty excited, but a little nervous as I have never had anything this large before. I have some experience at the helm of a friends 40'something Carver, but it's always a little different when the primary responsibility falls on you. I'm sure I'll look to lean on all of you for support and advice as I continue to grow my knowledge!

    And to Douglas MB.....GO BROWNS!!!!!!
     

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