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Old 08-28-2015, 08:33 AM
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For some, the docking maneuver in the worst conditions or in very narrow areas seems a simple task, taking it just naturally, it seems like they were born with this gift, the fact is that only the practice gives security and makes it easy to run the maneuver accurately regardless of the conditions.

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I'm a lot better mechanic than I am a boat handler. I'm on the boat by myself a lot of the time. I added a bow thruster and stern thruster to my 25 ft inboard, fun projects. Boating is supposed to be fun, docking with the thrusters is a lot of fun
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I like the mirrors, headlights, and taillights on the boat.
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I like the no wind, no tide, protected dock, extra dock hands.
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Originally Posted by eheath View Post
I like the mirrors, headlights, and taillights on the boat.
And brakes. ;?
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With a boat like that you better be good, cause everyone will be watchin.

If that were me, I would have gouged the side of my hull, taken out at least 2 jet skiis and my rope would have ended up being to short when I tossed it.
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You would think he could afford a set of matching fenders
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Originally Posted by richinct View Post
You would think he could afford a set of matching fenders
You misspelled 'bumpers'
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Originally Posted by FishnDive View Post
I'm a lot better mechanic than I am a boat handler. I'm on the boat by myself a lot of the time. I added a bow thruster and stern thruster to my 25 ft inboard, fun projects. Boating is supposed to be fun, docking with the thrusters is a lot of fun
Sadly, I think I'm a better space shuttle pilot than boat driver at times. I'm sorta kidding, not as bad a a lot of others, but not nearly as good as some. Always fun to watch a good captain(operator?) dock a single in a good tide with wind going the wrong direction.
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I think I can dock a boat quite well, it comes naturally to me. I can't say watching that clip that I saw anything too impressive. A breeze, no current no pilings to deal with and a pretty fair amount of space to fit in.
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If I shelled out that kind of money for a boat I would want it to dock itself
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Not impressed just backed up
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This guy can dock...

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Originally Posted by nccoaster View Post
I like the no wind, no tide, protected dock, extra dock hands.
This.
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Originally Posted by atcfris View Post
This.
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Some of your boat cops will be very good.... I pulled up to 10 to 20 boats a day then docked several times a day...it makes you very good... I am probably better with a single than my twin but my skills have deteriorated a bit.

The guy in the video did well but there was no wind or current...
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Thirty years of experience, and I'm confident under 50ft in most any situation. Even so, one in twenty is real moron material. Usually attributable to cocky impatience.

And for some reason the most heroic docking displays happen when no one is around. Why is that?
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My best boating moment was backing in a 47' beneteau after a week of chartering in the BVI's. I absolutely nailed it, got the prop torque just right, stopped it 1' from the dock with a little burst of power. Our slip was right in front of the Bar/Resturant at the moorings. I was probably 18 years old and I got some applause and cheers from the crowd.


I think docking a boat is like landing a plane. It does not matter if you just navigated halfway across the country, if you fudge the docking or bounce a landing, you can't feel good about yourself.
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When I was 12 my uncle trusted me to take his 110' eastern rigged dragger from the boat yard to its berth. A short trip across the harbor. I was too young to drive his pickup! A flawless docking with my uncle on the dock as the line handler.

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