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Old 04-19-2009, 04:24 PM
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Yeah its just frustrating. If there were more room to line up with the slip it may be better, or maybe when all the boats are in the wind will be blocked more, but I doubt it.
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Old 04-19-2009, 04:36 PM
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Pulling in foward and reversing into the slip is the best way in my opinion. Backing all the way in is risky with a single screw because if you lose the bow to a crosswind, the only way to get it back is with some throttle. Backing into the slip at least you're leading with your prop. The angle you use for entering the slip will vary by wind, as you'll lose your bow to leeward at some point depending on wind velocity so you'll have to adjust your approach to compensate. A wind out of the bottom and the right of your picture will be tricky so be prepared to fend off your slipmate. A wind out of the top or left of the pic will help you get your bow out. Fender the finger and err on the side of the finger. I had an identical siuation with a single screw inboard and rarely had a problem. (I learned during the week with no one around to laugh).
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Old 04-19-2009, 04:56 PM
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Originally Posted by whitetrash34 View Post
Practice practice practice.........
Exactly! I'm looking at that spot and I'm thinking "piece of cake" I can back my 30+ footer in there blindfolded. The key is to know your boat. If you are new at this type of docking then pull it in bow first for a while.

Its much easier to back out into an open area then a slip with 3 feet on each side. Also a single I/O makes it interesting but not inpossible.
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Old 04-19-2009, 05:10 PM
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I think the main issue is the lack of room in the waterway, its only 35' wide (just measured it with google earth) so I think you might have a little more trouble then you think with the wind going (maybe I am wrong).

Actually its 28' wide with the bow pupits and lower units sticking out.........

The more I think about this the more I think backing in is the way to go. I will give that another try as well.
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Old 04-19-2009, 05:46 PM
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Not a chance. I'd have to find another place.
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Old 04-19-2009, 06:16 PM
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I just paid for my Slip yesterday and I am in a similar boat, so I am about to find out how it's going to work out. At our marina, stern in seems to be all the rage, all the cruisers do it, the problem is, most of the cruisers are big twins with bow thrusters and I'm just an itty bitty 26'2 LOA with a single DP and no thruster!

The only real good thing is that I got the finger out on the end (inside of the end) and there will be a 26' Maxxum right beside me! I need to buy more fenders!
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Old 04-19-2009, 06:18 PM
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Well good luck! At least the Volvo DP gives us an advantage.
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Old 04-19-2009, 06:29 PM
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John,

Thanks! I've gotten pretty good at throwing my Vista around and have done all I can to make working the throttle easier, like adjusting the throttle/shifter tension and ensuring the linkage is always well lubed. It's always an exercise in how fast you can work the stick on this boat. It's certainly not the biggest out there, but an express has free board against it when docking (unless you have a bow thruster, then shoot I'd do it eyes closed).

I boat in a river so I do have to contend with 3-5 knots of current (usually) and wind. Sometimes there isn't much or any current if they have the gated damn raised on the next pool down's lock. I will just have to be as careful as possible, make sure I have enough fenders (have 4 now, buying two more) and use my boat pole if I have to!

And at the end of the day, she's fully insured, just hope I never have to use it!
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Old 04-19-2009, 09:49 PM
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Can't help much because I am a trailer guy but it certainly does look tight. I would consider 3.5mph to be flying in that close of quaters though.
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Old 04-19-2009, 10:07 PM
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I would rather land a lightweight underpowered piston twin airplane on a 30' wide runway with a 15 kt. direct crosswind, at night, with no landing lights, in the rain, than attempt to dock a boat in that slip!
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Old 04-27-2009, 12:35 PM
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Well I back in it now, works great!
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Old 04-27-2009, 12:47 PM
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If you look at the first picture, the docks all have the corner filled in with a wedge at the back of the dock where the finger meets the main dock. Thats the way my slip is. You need to go bow in or you cannot use the full length of the dock.

The second photo with everyone stern in has square cut corners on the back of the dock so you can use the full length when stern in.
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Old 04-27-2009, 12:51 PM
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I would also vote for option "A" and hope for minimal wind.

My favorite part of that pic is your slipmate - WTF w/ him throwing a third boat in there?
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Old 04-27-2009, 03:01 PM
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The smallest boat in the pic has a straight shot into his slip.
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