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The basics of docking

Introducing the basic points docking

Chapter 6: The basics of docking

Introducing the basic points docking

In our past editions we have introduced ways to enjoy motorboats and the basics of piloting a boat. After enjoying a day of boating it is time to return to port. For novice boaters, however, the task of docking a boat smoothly at a pier or dock can be rather difficult, we hear. So, let us introduce here the basic steps of docking a boat.

Normal docking procedure

01

When entering the harbor, reduce your boat speed is reduced to slow and then very slow. The side of the boat that will be brought against the pier or dock should be fitted with fenders and ropes for mooring the boat to the pier/dock should be set in the boat's cleats or bits. One member of the crew can also be positioned on the side with a boat hook to catch or fend off the pier/dock as necessary.

02

When approaching the pier or dock, reduce engine rpm to idle and point the bow of the boat toward the docking point. The angle of approach to the pier/dock should be less than 30 degrees. When the boat comes within 10 meters of the docking point shift the engine into neutral and let the remaining momentum carry the boat to the pier/dock.

03

Just prior to touching the pier/dock, turn the steering wheel away from the pier/dock to bring the boat parallel to the pier/dock for docking. If the boat comes to a stop with some distance still remaining to the pier/dock, put the engine in gear again for short intervals until the boat reaches the pier/dock. Conversely, if the boat is approaching the pier/dock with too much momentum, shift the engine into reverse to slow its forward speed.

04

Tie your boat's mooring ropes at the bow and stern to the cleats or bits on the pier/dock.

When docking with strong head or tail winds

When approaching the pier or dock, reducing the engine rpm to idle and pointing the bow toward the docking point, make the approach at a smaller angle to the pier/dock than usual (less than 30 degrees).

When docking with a side wind blowing from the pier/dock direction

When approaching the pier/dock, reducing the engine rpm to idle and pointing the bow toward the docking point, make the approach at a larger angle to the pier/dock than usual (more than 30 degrees).

When docking with a side wind blowing toward the pier/dock

When approaching the pier/dock, reducing the engine rpm to idle and pointing the bow toward the docking point, make the approach at an angle of less than 30 degrees to the pier/dock. Turn the boat parallel to the pier/dock and bring it to a stop with more distance than usual with the intention of having the wind blow the boat over the final distance to the pier/dock in a parallel position.

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