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Initially Posted - 08/04/2013 :  16:14:16  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hi all,

This is a supplementary thread to the one I started many weeks ago asking for input into a docking system idea I had.

Anyway, after much delay here are some pictures for those who expressed an interest. I'm sorry I don't have a Youtube video of it, but it's only my wife and I, and I need a third person to do the video while we're executing the maneuver. Hopefully the pictures I took adequately illustrate what we do. Bear in mind that I do still have a bow and stern dockline showing in the pictures, just to keep our boat in position in the slip while we demonstrate our procedure.

Here is the bow to stern line as seen from the stern cleat. The other end is routed outside the stanchions and is cleated on the bow cleat. The line is 40 ft. of 5/8" dockline, bought from Defender.

This is the view of the Dock-o-Matic system attached to the bow-to-stern "cleat" line with a big caribiner clip. This is where the Dock-o-Matic system ends up after a successful docking maneuver, being vital in keeping the bow from blowing over into the neighbor boat.

This image is the Dock-o-Matic line clipped onto the "cleat" line in the "Ready" position on the side deck just outside of the cockpit.

Using your imagination, picture me at the wheel steering the boat in reverse, coming from the fairway left of the slip. My lovely wife is standing near me on the side deck just outside of the cockpit with the Dock-o-Matic loop and a boat hook ready to drop it over the first post at the end of the finger pier. As I turn the boat into the slip, the port side of the stern gets within a foot or two of the post on the end of our finger pier, Beloved Wife drops the loop over the post, and as I continue to steer the boat into the slip the caribiner travels up the cleat line to the bow. I purposely had my wife demonstrate in the picture how far she can reach with the loop by dropping the loop over a far post, as opposed to the near post. But to date I have never steered the boat so far away from the slip that my wife had to reach that far. Usually it's only a foot or two away from my wife when I steer the boat in. We demonstrated dropping the loop over the post in the pictures just because we aren't able to take pictures while we're actually doing the maneuver, and in actual practice it is the first post at the end of the finger pier that we drop the loop on.

Viola. Lovely wife posing with the successful maneuver (in the hypothetically situation).

I'll continue trying to get someone to video our maneuver, and I'll post it when I'm successful. :)

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Response Posted - 08/04/2013 :  17:32:14  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I like the idea. Seems like it would make single-handed docking much easier.

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Response Posted - 08/06/2013 :  10:30:29  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Looks like a great idea. Well done!

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Response Posted - 08/06/2013 :  12:31:40  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
How long does Viola have to stand there?

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