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Perform These Three Tests Before You Dock a Boat!

If you want to dock a boat like a pro, you need to think defensively. And that begins with three oft-forgotten tests before you approach any pier, seawall, wharf, slip or mooring ball. Put these three actions on your pre-docking checklist … Continue reading

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Garmin and Bavaria Joining Forces

A new docking system has been developed for the Bavaria Vision 46. Satellite navigation specialist Garmin has teamed up with Bavaria Yachtbau to create a new docking system to be fitted onboard the new Bavaria Vision 46. The system will … Continue reading

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Master the Art of Docking Line Lingo

Make docking easier with these tips on docking line lingo from Captain John of www.skippertips.com. How big a role does clear communication play in docking a boat? It’s everything! Unless your sailing crew understands basic line handling terms, docking at … Continue reading

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Master the Art of Backing and Filling

Captain John of www.skippertips.com shares his docking a boat secrets on backing and filling. Learn to dock a boat smooth and easy once you how to twist–or pivot–your small sailboat inside a tight space. Know this and you will be … Continue reading

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Ten Tips for Tying Up Inside a Narrow Slip

Make spring lines as long as possible (yellow). Cross stern lines (red) to ease the strain in large tidal ranges. Position fenders to cushion and protect the vessel .

Even for the most seasoned skippers, it’s always good to brush up on your docking skills. Captain John from www.skippertips.com shares his tips for docking in tight spaces. If you tie your boat up in a marina slip, make sure … Continue reading

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Boat Rat: Dock Your Boat with One Line

Lead the after-bow springline to a cleat or piling aft of the boat cleat. Note the rudder position. (illustration from <i>"Seamanship Secrets"</i>)

More great tips for short-handed sailing from Captain John at www.skippertips.com. Do you know the secret of how to dock a boat with a single line? Could you squeeze your small cruising sailboat between two million-dollar power cruisers with just … Continue reading

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Boat Rat:Using Spring Lines When Docking

In difficult docking situations, spring lines can get you up to and away from the dock without a lot of bother. Here are three simple spring line maneuvers. When the wind is blowing you off a dock as you come … Continue reading

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Two-Day ASA Docking Endorsement Class

The Maryland School of Sailing is offering a two-day docking class at their Lankford Bay Marina facility in Rockland Hall, MD. The hands-on class takes place on an Island Packet 32 and is appropriate for sailors of all levels. The … Continue reading

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