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Physics of Docking - Backing the Boat

  •  10/12/2019
  •   Cochrane, Douglas
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The next technique we need to learn is how to back the boat. Usually we are faced with moving forward. But it is important to know how to accurately back the boat as well. This is a useful skill if we want to dock stern-in in a slip. It is also important for those occasions when we pull into a narrow fairway only to find that we are in the wrong fairway or the slip we intended to dock in is already occupied. In this episode, we will discuss a couple of ways to control the boat whilst backing in...
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Physics of Docking 102F - Docking Bow In

  •  7/8/2019
  •   Cochrane, Douglas
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Having covered the basics of docking a large, single screw vessel on a side tie, we now use the same techniques to dock bow in to a slip. Watch this episode here: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=EH9AAs6-Y3A&t=2s Enjoy! Douglas Cochrane...
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Physics of Docking 102E - Side Ties

  •  10/17/2018
  •   Cochrane, Douglas
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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
  •   Cochrane, Douglas
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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
  •   Cochrane, Douglas
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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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