Course Outline

Preparing to dock
  • Reduce speed to the minimum required to maintain steerage. Use reverse gear to bring the boat to a stop well away from the dock.
  • Determine the wind and/or current direction while stopped by observing which way your boat drifts. If possible, make your approach into the wind or current, whichever is stronger. This will give you more control.
  • Have bow and stern lines ready, and put boat fenders in place. Never plan to stop a moving boat with your arms or legs.
  • When the area is clear of traffic, continue your approach.
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