Boat Like A Pro Part 4
Docking Your Boat
You’ll be able to dock your Axis in on a windy day in a current during a rainstorm after some practice, but for now, it’s time to start slow and follow these docking steps.
It doesn’t matter how much experience you have, you never want to come in hot to the dock. Slow and steady with short bursts of throttle is the way to go in nearly any situation. If you’re coming in wrong or there are too many other boats around or you don’t like the situation for any reason, there’s no shame in calling it off and circling back around for another attempt. Also, while your crew will probably want to help, just make sure you set the ground rule that they should never get any part of their body between the dock and boat (that's what fenders are for).
Particularly when you’re starting out, your crew should be a big part of your docking experience. They can hold lines and quickly cleat them off to help secure the boat if you’re having trouble, or they can jump off and pull the boat in. It’s a good idea to have lines and fenders ready for the front, middle and back of the boat. You may not need them, but it’s about being prepared.
Let The Boat Do The Work
Because of prop torque, your Axis will back to the right. This means it’s almost always easier to dock on the driver’s side. Even if you have to spin around, the driver’s side is usually easier because you can point the nose slightly toward the dock and hit reverse to let the prop torque ease the back-end in. Cushion the boat from the dock with a fender, tie it up and go have lunch. And remember, when in doubt, always take it slow.
Tie It Up
From here, your crew can jump off and tie the boat up for you. And remember, always turn the boat off when you leave the helm.
We’re back to the boat ramp to load up and go home for the final segment. Stay tuned!
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*This document is meant as a guide. Always check state and local regulations as well as U.S. Coast Guard regulations for specific boating rules and regulations. Areas and conditions can be unique so it’s best to check ahead of time.
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