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    Re: Wind & Current Navigation
    From: Jared Sherman
    Date: 2003 Apr 18, 00:03 -0400

     Dan, I've been told there is a discrete [read: if they didn't pay to watch 
    the show, what do you need an audience for?] way to learn docking and 
    handling skills.
     Take the boat out to someplace out of traffic in shallow water. Drop a two by 
    four with weights or anchors over the side. Congratulations, now you've got 
    an instant dock. Have a good time docking with it, practice where you can't 
    hurt anything, then don't worry about it.
     I'm also a firm believer in "no jumping" at the dock. Possibly because I'm no 
    gymnast. But a couple of good dock lines, long enough to THROW around 
    something on the dock, are a big help. As long as you can throw a line and 
    snag one cleat, you're tied up well enough to stop, hop over, run a second 
    line, and finish the rest under full control with the lines. I'll settle for 
    "not elegant" anytime.
     That only caught me short once, up in British Columbia. Apparently no one 
    USES CLEATS on the docks up that way, they build a slotted rail out of 2x4's 
    a the dock edge instead, leaving nothing to throw a line around! Never did 
    find out why...

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