Tips for Easy Docking – Handling a New Boat

Sailing Essentials
First in a new series we’re producing about docking techniques and boat handling skills.
We all get pretty good at learning to handle our own boats over time, but if we step onto a friend’s boat or take the helm on a bareboat charter yacht that we’re unfamiliar with, we quickly remember that each boat has its own personality and quirky behaviour.

In Docking a Sailboat, we go over basic docking techniques demonstrating how to go bow-to a dock, as well as stern-to. But first we give you a few procedures to do to quickly get the feel of a boat that you are handling for the first time.

00:05 Snapping Turtle & Fall Colours
01:10 Boat characteristics that effect handling
02:15 Remove all lines except spring-line
02:50 Handling a twin-rudder sailboat
03:21 Learning how she maneuvers under power
03:54 How to turn a sailboat in a confined space
05:18 Backing in to a dock
08:07 Docking Bow-to for the first time

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