Coming alongside

The chances are that your crew will be less experienced than you. Watching someone who doesn't really know what to do step ashore with a dock-line is rarely edifying. It's up to you to tell the hands what is required. Here is a rule-of-thumb method for a fully crewed boat. It covers most regular situations:

• State 'which side to', and rig fenders. (Don't put them over until you're nearly there, though. Nothing looks more sloppy.)

• Prepare all four dock-lines. Have two ready for instant action.

• Lead the lines out correctly (through pulpit/pushpit etc), decide how much you'll need ashore, then allow half as much again for contingencies.

• Coil this up in hand, ready to take on to the dock. Then make the bight fast aboard, on the cleat designated for the lines - just in case it is necessary to 'take a turn' ashore in order to stop the boat.

Preparation with the lines beforehand makes all the difference when berthing in a tight situation.

• As the boat comes alongside, the two lines are carried ashore and the ends made fast on the dock. The slack is pulled in and made fast aboard.

• Unless you specifically tell them to do so, the crew should not snub any lines. The helmsman is in complete charge at all times.

• As soon as possible, send our the remaining wo lines.

• Note that the ends of all four lines are made off ashore; and all slack rope is on board the yacht. This discourages thieving. It also looks tidy, and passers-by who have come to admire your vessel won't trip and fall into the harbour.

If you are short-handed, you won't be able to achieve this ideal state of affairs. Then you must step ashore with the two lines, take up the slack on the dock and make the bight fast there and then. Once you've got the other lines on, you can tidy up so that everything is left in the approved manner.

The same rules apply if you are alongside another yacht. Always make your ends fast on her. Her skipper doesn't want a great heap of your old rope dumped in his cockpit - and don't ask her crew to pull in your boat. Why should they? If you were coming alongside the harbour wall, you'd have to manage alone. To throw the other owner's wife a bunch of tanglies and ask her to heave away is to add insult to injury. If it were me, I'd make the end off, chuck the rest into the sea with a friendly 'All fast', and let them get on with it, assuming they'd rigged their fenders adequately, that is.

How To Have A Perfect Boating Experience

How To Have A Perfect Boating Experience

Lets start by identifying what exactly certain boats are. Sometimes the terminology can get lost on beginners, so well look at some of the most common boats and what theyre called. These boats are exactly what the name implies. They are meant to be used for fishing. Most fishing boats are powered by outboard motors, and many also have a trolling motor mounted on the bow. Bass boats can be made of aluminium or fibreglass.

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