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^ Check the current and wind direction so that you can ease the boat into the dock. It's easiest to land at a dock when you are heading into the current and/or wind.

^ Check your docking skills. Practice docking to an anchored float in open water. This will help you understand how wind and current affect the handling of your boat. For a temporary low-cost float, use an empty plastic milk jug anchored with a line and small weight.

Tips

for Tying Up

Check the tide level so you can make allowances when mooring your boat to a stationary pier. If

and water level. In this case, you should secure your boat tight to the dock.

the tide is high, remember to leave enough slack in the lines to adapt to low tide.

Check and secure the bow, stern and spring lines before leaving the boat.

Check the type of dock you are using. If it is a floating dock, it will rise and fall with the tides

Check the fenders. Make sure they are placed properly between the boat and the dock.

Without wind or current.

With wind or current from the dock.

With wind or current toward the dock.

Into the wind or current.

Without wind or current.

Approach the dock slowly at a 10°-20° angle. Have fenders in place and mooring lines ready. If someone is on the dock, have them secure your bow line.

With wind or current from the dock.

Approach the dock at a sharper angle. Secure the bow line and use the motor to guide the stern in.

With wind or current toward the dock.

Approach parallel to the dock and let the wind or current push you to the dock.

Into the wind or current.

Approach the dock in a gradual turn at the slowest speed possible, bring the boat up parallel with the dock and stop with a touch of reverse power. Secure the bow line first.

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