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Old 11-03-2018, 02:31 PM   #1
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Default Boat maneuvering question

Warning...nerdy question coming complete with nautical terms.

Our slip is in a lane with slips on both sides of the lane. We keep experimenting with graceful ways of getting the boat back in the slip when returning. We've tried two techniques but both result in a good amount of throttle jockeying and wheel turning with an occasional bump into the docks.

The prevailing wind is a quartering headwind from the starboard side.

1. Approach slowly (bumping in/out of gear) at a 45 to the slip with the bow pointed to the windward (right) side of the slip. Bump into reverse while dialing the wheel to the left to swing the stern around straight. Then attempt to drive straight in. Almost every time, the boat's momentum and the wind pushes us too far to port to allow this simple straight in at slow (or no) speed.

2. After a left turn into the lane, drive perpendicular to the slip then a hard 90 right turn into it while keeping the momentum up to increase directional control. Hard reverse once basically into the slip. This also often results in being a bit too far left of the slip after the 90 turn.

See the pics for a bit of reference. The circle is our slip. I know it just takes practice but I thought I get some other opinions. Any tips or other techniques to try?

Approaching the lane...for method 2 the sailboat in the pic is our reference to start our right turn to the slip.
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Old 11-05-2018, 03:30 PM   #2
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stay on water till wind dies down drink lots of beer and relax!
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Old 11-05-2018, 03:37 PM   #3
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I don't have a slip, but have used them a fair number of times. If it were me, I would try going forward just past the slip and then backing in. Or, if that's not your cup of tea or mug o beer, I would get turned around either in the lane or back down the lane and then drive in bow first against the wind. Maybe someone with a slip can help out here?
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Old 11-06-2018, 11:34 AM   #4
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I don't have a slip, but have used them a fair number of times. If it were me, I would try going forward just past the slip and then backing in. Or, if that's not your cup of tea or mug o beer, I would get turned around either in the lane or back down the lane and then drive in bow first against the wind. Maybe someone with a slip can help out here?
Not a bad idea getting your boat turned around and going bow in against the wind if you are having issues with the wind. You have a similar slip set-up as I do. The good thing is that you can enter the lane at a pretty decent angle with your slip in sight. Depending on the wind I try and get myself at about a 45 degree angle entering the lane with just a little momentum almost pretending my slip is more starboard that what it is and I let any wind and momentum get me in the best position trying not to use throttle. Every day is a little different. I see a lot of people in our marina get into trouble because they are constantly fighting the throttle and steering and their steering wheel isn't in the correct spot when they go in and out of gear and they just end up spinning their boat around. I'm constantly watching the "old" guys out there and they are slow, deliberate and normally spot on.
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Old 11-06-2018, 12:32 PM   #5
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I have typically gone with #2. Lots of bumping in and out of reverse. Once I get straight, I quick bump forward if you feel the bow is going too far towards one direction. Then, straighten up the wheel and straight in.


BTW....twins make this a ton easier
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Old 11-06-2018, 01:00 PM   #6
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I have typically gone with #2. Lots of bumping in and out of reverse. Once I get straight, I quick bump forward if you feel the bow is going too far towards one direction. Then, straighten up the wheel and straight in.


BTW....twins make this a ton easier
We have a rule---never approach the dock faster than you want to hit it.
Yes, twins make this a ton easier.
Axius joystick docking make it super easy---as you really never have a "missed approach."
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Old 11-06-2018, 03:34 PM   #7
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When I had my slip I was in a similar situation and what I learned was to turn in sooner and let the wind & current float me into position and bump forward into the slip. It helped that I had a lift too and would leave it with enough float that if I got off the ramps would help catch me and guide me in. Seemed to me the first 6-8’ of the bow were the trick and bad spot...if I let the wind and current grab me before getting in enough I would have to watch the corner of the dock right over top the windshield where you couldn’t reach of course lol
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Old 11-06-2018, 05:56 PM   #8
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If you can, lower your Bimini top.... Less area for the wind to effect.
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Old 11-06-2018, 06:31 PM   #9
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Try coming in “a little hot”. What could go wrong?


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Try coming in “a little hot”. What could go wrong?


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