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slip pick : into wind or with?

Old 05-15-2019, 04:33 AM
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Default slip pick : into wind or with?

Presented with a few options this year, we actually have a pick of a few different slips and trying to figure out which may be best/easiest for docking. One faces North and is somewhat tucked away and the other faces south but leaves plenty of space for error. Typically in NJ there is a heavy Southwind in the afternoon which would put the wind at our back when docking in the north slip. Obviously, it would be the reverse for the south facing dock. In both scenarios, we'd be backing down so the transom door lines up with the floating dock/finger pier. This is in a 25 footer with twin 15o's.

I'm partial to tucked away and backing into wind. This would slow the boat down. In the reverse, the only way to slow is to throttle forward. Any opinions?
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Old 05-15-2019, 04:37 AM
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Docking into the wind is always easier and safer, you want to be blown away from the dock/pier. So all things equal, go with that.
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Old 05-15-2019, 05:45 AM
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Backing into the wind is much easier. Are there currents involved as well
where in NJ
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Old 05-15-2019, 06:51 AM
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I agree, I would much rather back into the wind, I look like a pro in that scenario lol
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Old 05-15-2019, 06:52 AM
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Into. Always.

you dont want the wind pushing you. going into the wind you'll have easier control going forward with motors+steering and the wind providing that resistance.
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Old 05-15-2019, 07:26 AM
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Sounds unanimous. Into it is. Current runs the same - from the south at the hardest. This is Monmouth County NJ.

Thanks for the help!
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Old 05-15-2019, 08:17 AM
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To put it another way, the wind tends to blow your bow faster than your stern, so it can straighten you out if you back into it, but turn you sideways if you back with it.
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Old 05-15-2019, 05:40 PM
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Reversing into the wind is much easier than trying to control your bow pointing into the wind. Try both on a windy day and you will see the difference. If a head wind though is angled so it blows you slightly towards the berth finger that can be ok as well.
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Old 05-15-2019, 05:52 PM
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Originally Posted by soapysundays View Post
Sounds unanimous. Into it is. Current runs the same - from the south at the hardest. This is Monmouth County NJ.

Thanks for the help!
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There is a reason ducks always approach decoys heading into the wind.
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Old 05-15-2019, 07:02 PM
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I have a bunch of slips. That ones that back to the wind rent first always. And fetch a bit more premium.
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