Did you ever wonder how singlehanders manage to get their boats in & out of their slips? We’re not overly experienced with being at a dock, most of our cruising prior to the last two years has been on the hook, not even a mooring ball in sight. But now that we’re back in southwest Florida at least temporarily, we were actively looking around at how everyone else does it — especially those that make it look so easy in a 20 mph crosswind!
The boat across the dock from us, s/v War Dept, is a Pacific Seacraft 37 — same size as Winterlude, our Passport 37. Nick often singlehands the boat and has his little trick for returning to the dock easily and safely.
It’s so simple – Nick stretches two extra docklines in a cross to hold the bow in place as he glides into his slip. The extra lines stay fastened to the dock, but are only deployed when he leaves. Some boats choose to leave them in place all the time, but we found the line rubbed on Winterlude’s bow.
So add crossed lines and keep your bow in the center of the slip (more or less) even in a fresh breeze — crosswind, of course. 🙂
Do you have tips on returning to your slip? Please leave a comment and share! THANKS! Jan