Members' Online Book: Coming Alongside (Docking) Made Easy, Chapter 2 of 10

10 Tips to Make Coming Alongside (Docking) Easy

Archimedes said:

Give me a spring line long enough and a fairlead in the right place and I can dock the world.

Pretty smart, particularly from a guy given to running around the streets naked.

Yea I know, the history books talk about Archimedes and levers, but that’s just a foul conspiracy orchestrated by Henry Kissinger from his underground bunker to keep us from becoming happy boat handlers.

Whatever, the key point is that a good docking almost always starts off with a spring line. But not just any spring...a magic spring: the one line that, all by itself, makes all the difference. We will get to that soon.

But first, let's start with a few tips:

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John was born and brought up in Bermuda and started sailing as a child, racing locally and offshore before turning to cruising. He has sailed over 100,000 miles, most of it on his McCurdy & Rhodes 56, Morgan's Cloud, including eight ocean races to Bermuda, culminating in winning his class twice in the Newport Bermuda Race. He has skippered a series of voyages in the North Atlantic, the majority of which have been to the high latitudes. John has been helping others go voyaging by sharing his experience for twenty years, first in yachting magazines and, for the last 12 years, as co-editor/publisher of AAC.

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