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Coming Alongside (Docking) Made Easy

Over my years on the water I have seen more unhappy and stressful events while watching boaters bring their craft alongside than any other task—yes, even more than anchoring, and that’s saying something.

But it doesn’t have to be that way. And, better still, learning to bring most boats alongside is relatively easy and doesn’t require anything more than the understanding of a few techniques and a couple of days practice.

Table of Contents:

Coming Alongside (Docking)—Taming the Wind

Bringing a boat alongside in good order is one thing when it’s calm, and quite another when it’s blowing the dog off the chain. John shares step-by-step instructions on how to make a good safe docking in big breeze, with no drama, shouting, or crashes.

Coming Alongside (Docking)—Backing In, Part 1

The general wisdom, repeated over and over again on wharves, in sailors’ bars, and on the forums, is that it’s difficult to back a boat into a tight space, and impossible if said boat has a long keel. But that’s just dead wrong. John shares backing techniques that will work, and even make the process easy, with most any boat.