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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 on. We will show you how to use this balance point to your advantage when maneuvering in tight quarters.

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Center of Balance video

Smooth sailing!