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What is the best way to approach a dock in strong wind or current?

Last Updated: 30th March, 2021

Docking With Wind or Current Toward the Dock
  1. Approach slowly, parallel to the dock.
  2. Let the wind or current carry your boat to the dock. Shift into gear briefly if you need to adjust position.
  3. Secure the bow and stern lines.

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Similarly one may ask, what is the best way to approach a dock when there is strong wind or current?

the best way to approach a dock when there is strong wind or current is we should approach the dock at a 20-30 degree angle. By doing this, we could secure a bow line, put the engine in reverse toward the dock, and bring stern into the dock.

Similarly, when should you avoid anchoring? In addition, if possible anchoring in areas with heavy currents should also be avoided, particularly if the bottom is unlikely to keep you from dragging anchor (very sandy and or rocky bottoms). Anchoring should be avoided near underwater obstructions like sunken wrecks, or near submarine cables.

Simply so, how do you dock in the wind?

If the wind is at your back, you should approach the dock at a shallow angle (10°-20°), and then stop the boat in order to allow the wind to drift the boat into the dock. If possible, approach the dock with the wind into your face: you have much more control when docking into the wind.

How should you approach a dock when your boat is moving with the wind?

Wind is offshore (blowing away from the dock) You should approach the dock at a 20 to 30 degree angle. A bow line is passed ashore and secured. In boats with an outboard, or inboard/outboard engine, the engine is turned towards the dock and put in reverse.

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