Yikes, that a tight squeeze!!!!!

Discussion in 'Pictures & Videos' started by jpl2407, Apr 9, 2014.

  1. jpl2407

    jpl2407 New Member

    Aug 1, 2013
    Pittsburgh, PA
    1995 250 Sun Dancer
    5.7 Mercruiser (Non EFI) W Alpha 1 Gen 2
    Rather him than me :)

  2. Gofirstclass

    Gofirstclass Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 20, 2010
    Tri Cities, WA
    1995 550 Sedan Bridge,
    2010 Boston Whaler 130 Super Sport,
    1981 Boston Whaler 130 Sport,
    CAT 3406C's, 580hp.
    I got two takeaways from watching that video....
    1. Don't approach anything faster than you're willing to hit it
    2. Neutral is your friend

    That skipper did a great job of slowly aligning his boat with the space he had to put it in, then slowly backed it in.
  3. spikedaddy99

    spikedaddy99 Member GOLD Sponsor

    Jun 11, 2008
    Prentice, Wi
    2005 500 DB
    How do they keep those boats from banging into each other at the bow with just stern lines? Are they all bow and amidships "rafted" together?
  4. dpmulvey

    dpmulvey New Member

    Dec 19, 2007
    Homeport: Charles City, VA
    1999/2007 330 Sundancer Hardtop.
    6.2 Merc Horixons
    1.5:1 Velvet Drives
    Great job. Time for the thruster argument to ensue!!!!

    Wouldn't it be funny if the owner came out and said, "Great.....now how do you intend to get the dink off the platform??!?!?"
  5. Zorba

    Zorba Active Member

    May 21, 2008
    East Harbor, Lake Erie
    2006 340 Sundancer
    Twin 8.1 Mercruiser
    When we were in Aruba this is how some boats docked. THey actually dropped anchor and then backed down to the wall. Not sure if that is the case here. Other boats seem to far apart in that video for them to be rafted IMO.
  6. Georgia SeaDawg

    Georgia SeaDawg New Member

    Apr 30, 2009
    Savannah, GA.
    270 Dauntless
    Twin 225 verado's
    Like a glove!
  7. MonacoMike

    MonacoMike Well-Known Member PLATINUM Sponsor

    Sep 15, 2009
    Indiana lakes and Lake Michigan
    2000 Cruisers 3870
    97 270 Sundancer
    85 Sea Ray Monaco 197
    8.2 Mercs,
    7.4 BII
    260hp Alpha 1
    Pilings are my friends....

  8. Pietro

    Pietro Active Member

    Nov 1, 2009
    Rome, Italy
    1990 390 EC
    3208 375HP CAT
    Hei, this is the way we moor in the Mediterranean! ...very few marinas have side pier and boat are literally squeezed together with only the fenders protecting your hull from being scratched by your neighbor's boat. In my marina is even worse where there are some slips with side pier, but it is not floating and boats going up and down with the tide keep scratching... terrible design!

    When the wind is blowing from the side all boats are lining one over the other... I hate it!

    Usually anchors are not used. There a line connected to a big weight on the bottom (mooring post?) that we tie to the bow cleats... result? every time you moor your hand will be completely soiled by the bottom mud and slime!

    My marina:

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  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
    No wind....no current...no problem. Add all three and one Bravo I sterndrive and call me in the morning if you need lessons, Mike.
  10. Dave S

    Dave S Well-Known Member TECHNICAL Contributor

    Oct 3, 2006
    Upstate South Carolina
    I imagine the fiberglass guys are kept pretty busy in Marinas like that one.
  11. pilot2fly

    pilot2fly New Member

    Mar 10, 2014
    Wrightsville Beach, NC
    2001 290 Sundancer
    Twin 5.0L Mercruisers with Bravo III drives
    Man that takes skill. That's about as tight as it gets!
  12. Stray Cat

    Stray Cat Active Member TECHNICAL Contributor

    Oct 4, 2006
    Pool 10 Guttenberg, IA
    2006 300DA Sundancer
    350 Mags / Bravo III
    Boy, that Axius is something eh? : - )
  13. dpmulvey

    dpmulvey New Member

    Dec 19, 2007
    Homeport: Charles City, VA
    1999/2007 330 Sundancer Hardtop.
    6.2 Merc Horixons
    1.5:1 Velvet Drives
    Not really. When I lived in Italy, I was in awe every time I saw a boat Med Moor. You would think they were parking a Fiat! Of course, Italians, being Italian, everything takes "grandi palle" to do it......well.......Italian! From what I saw in Italy, a lot of docking is like a serving a great Italian meal......presentation is everything!

    My my apologies to Pietro if I misses the mark or the translation. :grin:
  14. copb8tx

    copb8tx Well-Known Member

    Jan 26, 2008
    Lake Texoma, TX
    2005 420 Sundancer
    T-8.1S Horizons
    Wow Pietro, how do you do that single handed? It seems if you're squeezing between boats you need someone at the controls and at least one person on each side to push the boats apart and make sure the fenders stay in place. Us lake-boaters have got it GOOD!
  15. Pietro

    Pietro Active Member

    Nov 1, 2009
    Rome, Italy
    1990 390 EC
    3208 375HP CAT
    :grin::grin::grin: "Grandi Palle" "big bollocks" is just perfect to describe skill you need!!!

    ...and yes, doing it solo is almost impossible and that's why every marina has attendants on the piers and on ribs you can ask assistance to.
  16. Fly'n Family

    Fly'n Family Active Member

    Sep 19, 2013
    TX / CO
    2002 Cruisers Yachts 3870
    2003 Boston Whaler Sport 130 w/40 hp Merc
    Twin 425hp Crusaders
    Insane......but very cool. Better him than me, that's for sure.

    CAMELLA Active Member SILVER Sponsor

    Dec 14, 2008
    Edgewater, Maryland
    2007 48 DA
    Cummins QSC 540
    If you talk so negative about the design and I'm sure most others do too, why don't they change the design to pilings/finger piers with floating docks? It sounds like its a major project to take the boat in and out of the marina.
  18. Converse48

    Converse48 Well-Known Member

    Nov 20, 2006
    Chesapeake Bay
    2010 McKinna 57 Pilothouse
    I charted a (sail!)boat in Greece and we sailed out to Mykonos via some of the smaller, lesser travelled islands. The dockage along the sea walls are all "euro style"… drop the hook and back in. Some more experienced (and local) people will just cram the boat in there and split the raft. Try this maneuver with an unfamiliar boat, an inexperienced crew and where everyone else in the equation speaks Greek. Seriously.

    It's not that hard once you get used to it.
  19. Pietro

    Pietro Active Member

    Nov 1, 2009
    Rome, Italy
    1990 390 EC
    3208 375HP CAT
    Good question! many complain, but nothing happens. Changing the design would mean loosing a lot of slips because they would be larger, so it's almost impossible that old marinas will ever change.

    Most of the new one have been built as they should with side pier or pilings though.

    There is one think you do not know or do not imagine about my country, it's not very keen on new things or changes...we just keep saying "that's the way we always did.." and that's the reason why we have such a bad productivity rate in our industries. Italians don't use new technologies as they become available, we need centuries to change...
  20. Timeflys

    Timeflys Member

    Dec 7, 2013
    Thousand Islands, Ontario, Canada
    "Frequent Flyer"
    2002 Sundancer 360
    Merc Horizon 8.1s
    Last edited: Apr 10, 2014

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