Stern in docking

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Captn TJ, May 15, 2018.

  1. sbw1

    sbw1 Well-Known Member

    Oct 10, 2006
    West Michigan
    This is listed in my signature
    This is listed in my signature
    This works very well with twin inboards as well. Sterning into a tight slip with say a 15-20 mph cross wind and narrow fairway, is best done backing with the stern into the wind, and then laying the downwind rub rail up against a downwind spring piling and then backing down while pulling the bow around to line up with the slip opening. Done slowly, nothing gets broken and there is little drama. This becomes second nature with experience. Until you learn to perform this maneuver, docking is an adventure.
  2. liv2ryde100

    liv2ryde100 Member

    May 17, 2012
    long island
    05' 340 dancer
    Twin 8.1's
    I’ve also mentioned on this site about picking one shoulder to look over when backing in. Don’t switch otherwise in your mind the controls get reversed
  3. Woody

    Woody Well-Known Member

    Nov 20, 2007
    N. Wisconsin/Lk Superior
    2005 420DA
    Cummins 6CTA8.3
    It's really made an adventure when there are no center pilings.
  4. sbw1

    sbw1 Well-Known Member

    Oct 10, 2006
    West Michigan
    This is listed in my signature
    This is listed in my signature
    Yes, but there is an answer to that situation as well. Place a long line on the upwind side stern cleat of the boat before you enter the fairway. Coil it in a position to be picked up by a dock hand as you slowly go by the finger dock. I hand the line to the helper and return to the helm. I tell them not to pull on the line until the boat is in the slip. Once in, snug that line to prevent your boat from being blown into your neighbor's boat. Complete the four way tie and springs and you are all set. I do lots of single handing of boats. The key to removing stress during docking is have your lines set on cleats and coiled prior to entering the fairways. Knowledgeable dock hands know what do with them, and will listen to your instructions which should be clear and courteous.
  5. scoflaw

    scoflaw Well-Known Member

    Aug 10, 2011
    cape cod mass
    1999 Powerquest legend 260 sx
    502 mpi Bravo 1
    It's not really single handing when you have dock hands helping.
  6. Royal Lichter

    Royal Lichter Member

    Jan 22, 2018
    2005 Sea Ray Sundancer 260
    Single MerCruiser Mag 350 MPI w/ Bravo III
    I always just keep track of lock to lock. If I ever 'forget' where the drive may be pointed, I just reset. At first I thought I wanted a 'rudder' indicator but realized it was unnecessary. Also, if the situation is appropriate, you can pulse the throttle and figure out where the drive is pointing, too. There are little indicators you can put on the center of the steering wheel, but some people say they're not accurate. I've never tried one.
  7. Nauti-Kal

    Nauti-Kal Member GOLD Sponsor

    Jan 29, 2016
    LK St. Clair, St. Clair River, Lake Huron, LK Erie
    1996 370 Sundancer
    Raymarine C120 Multifunction
    Twin Mercruiser 7.4 V Drive
    That last line.... you meant shifters?!
  8. boatman37

    boatman37 Well-Known Member

    Jun 6, 2015
    2006 Crownline 250CR
    Previous: 1986 Sea Ray 250 Sundancer
    5.7 Merc
    I always look over my right shoulder but I m left handed and backing in to the left.

    I go upstream against the wind/current and back up with the current. What I don't like is sometimes I hit the finger slip a little harder than I like. I have my fenders on and have fenders attached to the finger so not hurting the boat but I mentioned this to the marina owner and told him I didn't like how hard I hit it. He said there are steel brackets and steel cables holding it on so no worries there but I still don't like it. I did mention last year about trying to back upstream instead. Might try it this year.

    You can see in my sig pic what I mean. I am the last finger (you can see it to the starboard side)

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