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Physics of Docking 102E - Side Ties

  •  10/17/2018
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The simplest way to dock a boat is to tie to a side tie. A side tie is typically a long face dock or the end dock on a row of slips. The advantage to a side tie is that you typically have sufficient room to maneuver in and out. In case of problems, you can just pull away, reposition, and try again. In this episode we discuss some techniques for docking on a side tie. See Episode 5 here: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=7ynVJP2uSKA. Enjoy!...
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Crossing the Bar

Introduction If you are planning to transit the U.S. Pacific Coast, the following information about crossing river bars may be of interest to you. Because the Columbia River bar is the most challenging of all the West Coast bars, I will give it extra attention. Why cross the Columbia bar at all? Astoria is a wonderful historic harbor town with a great marina, excellent chandlery, and lots of good restaurants and places to see. Portland, Oregon is just a day sail up the river. The Columbia Gorge ...
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Physics of Docking 102D - Preparation for Docking

  •  8/12/2018
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Many of the problems that occur during docking are the result of a lack of planning or poor communication. In Episode 4 of our ongoing series titled ‘The Physics of Docking’, we discuss how to develop checklists, prepare the crew for their duties, and make sure everyone knows the plan in advance. Click https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=KRAlF7EEkp8 for details....
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Physics of Docking 102C - Pivoting the Boat

  •  7/5/2018
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In this video, we expand on the use of Prop Effects, discussed in 102B, to learn to pivot the boat in its own length. We will use Prop Walk and Prop Wash to spin the boat without moving forward or backward more than a few feet. This is a useful skill as it makes it possible to maneuver in tight quarters, such as in a narrow fairway in a marina. See it here: ?Pivoting the Boat???...
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Physics of Docking 102-A "Center of Balance"

How Does the Center of Balance Affect Docking? Welcome to The Physics of Docking 102A. This is the first in a series of short videos that demonstrate many aspects of safe docking. We used cameras at the helm and in the air to show how various actions affect the movements of a boat during docking. We also suggest a number of exercises that you can practice on your own boat to improve your boat handling skills. This video addresses Center of Balance. All boats have a center point that they pivot...
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