Upwind Docking

It's easier to dock into the wind because windage helps to stop the boat. O Approach the dock at a 45 degree angle. 0 Make a smooth turn into the wind, 0 Reverse the engine, stopping the boat alongside the dock. Secure the bow line to prevent the boat from drilling backward and then secure the other lines.

Downwind Docking

Docking with the wind requires more distance to stop the boat because windage is pushing the boat forward. 0 Approach the dock at a 45 degree angle. 0 Make a gradual arc putting the engine in neutral. 0 As you reach the dock, put Ihe engine in reverse and open the throttle briefly to stop the boat. Use the stem line to counteract the windage. Make the stem line last and then secure the other lines.

Downwind Slip

OTurn [tie boal toward I he slip. G Reverse the engine to stop the boat. Q Let the windage push the boat into the slip, reversing the engine as needed to control the speed and bring the boat alongside the dock. Crew members step onto the dock using the how and siern lines to help stop the boat and then make them tast.

Returning to the Slip

Bringing tlie boat into a slip uses many of the same techniques as the previous page. However, you have to judge your stop more precisely to av oid hitting your bow on the dock.

Cross wind Skip

O Turn the boat so that it is parallel to and upwind cl the slip. O Reverse the engine to slow the boat. 0 Let the windage and momentum glide the boat into the slip, and reverse the engine to stop the boal. Crew members secure the docklines.

Upwind Slip

O Make a wide easy turn toward the slip. Q Put the engine into neutral and let the windage slow the boat, then reverse ¡he engine to slop the boat in the slip. O Crew members slep onto the dock and secure the bow and stern lines.


The mainsail will last longer if you use a sail cover to protect the sail and reeling lines from ultraviolet rays.

The individual switches and the battery switch should be in the OFF position Check to make sure the automatic bilge pump is on after turning off the battery switch.

^ Remove trash and take perishables ashore,

► Turn off all electrical switches and the main battery switch. Cover sails or stow them securely.

► Slow winch handles, blocks and lines.

► Look companionway.

► Inspect all docklines.

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