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SavvySalt's Ultimate Guide to Dockline Handling

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Everything your skipper wants you to know about docking compressed into one 12 minute video

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SavvySalt's Ultimate Guide to Dockline Handling

  1. 1. H A N D L I N G D O C K L I N E S
  2. 2. V I D E O O V E R V I E W • General Docking Procedure • Review Your Tools: Cleat Hitch and Bowline • Dockline Nomenclature • Preparing the lines for docking • Manipulating the lines • Departure Procedure
  3. 3. D O C K I N G P R O C E S S 1. Rig dock lines and fenders as instructed by skipper • Which lines on which cleats • Fenders are a separate topic 2. Skipper assigns lines and roles for docking 3. Skipper brings the boat alongside • Skipper stops the boat • Crew secures the lines 4. Additional lines secured 1. Fenders and lines adjusted
  4. 4. I N G R E D I E N T S
  5. 5. T H E C L E AT H I T C H • 270-359 degree wrap • One cross • One hitch
  6. 6. T H E B O W L I N E
  7. 7. D O C K L I N E N O M E N C L AT U R E
  8. 8. D O C K L I N E N O M E N C L AT U R E
  9. 9. D O C K L I N E N O M E N C L AT U R E
  10. 10. D O C K L I N E N O M E N C L AT U R E
  11. 11. D O C K L I N E N O M E N C L AT U R E
  12. 12. D O C K L I N E N O M E N C L AT U R E
  13. 13. D O C K L I N E N O M E N C L AT U R E
  14. 14. D O C K L I N E N O M E N C L AT U R E
  15. 15. S T E R N
  16. 16. M I D - S H I P
  17. 17. B O W
  18. 18. M I D - S H I P L I N E
  19. 19. M I D - S H I P S P R I N G F O R WA R D
  20. 20. M I D - S H I P S P R I N G A F T
  21. 21. B O W S P R I N G F O R WA R D
  22. 22. S T E R N S P R I N G A F T
  23. 23. M I D - S H I P S P R I N G A F T
  24. 24. B O W L I N E
  25. 25. B O W S P R I N G F O R WA R D
  26. 26. T I E O N T H E L I N E S F O R D O C K I N G • The skipper will have told you which lines where • Outside the lifelines • Usually attached with a bowline
  27. 27. R E A D Y D O C K L I N E S F O R G O I N G A S H O R E • Ready to carry ashore • Ready to throw (heave) ashore • Placed somewhere they can be reached easily
  28. 28. O P E N T H E G AT E
  29. 29. S E C U R I N G T O T H E D O C K • Trust your skipper. Do as they instruct. • The next section will make you dangerous • Only stop the boat if • The skipper told you to • A collision or damage is imminent • Never put yourself in the way of a collision
  30. 30. H A N D I N G A N D S E C U R I N G A L I N E • Holding means in your hands standing by a cleat • Securing or cleating means on a cleat • Half a wrap on a cleat is very powerful • 270° degree wrap and a cross is “made”
  31. 31. S W E AT I N G A L I N E • “Pull in” “Take up” “Take in” “Shorten” • Don’t take more off the cleat than you must • Always remove the final hitch • Never take off the 270° degree wrap • Sometimes you remove the cross • Sweat the line using your weight or legs • Like a bowstring • Similar to sweating a halyard • Fore and aft hand position to take up line
  32. 32. E A S I N G A L I N E • “Ease” “Let out” “Surge” • “Release” means take it off the cleat altogether • Don’t take more off the cleat than you must • Fore and aft hand position, push and pull • Don’t just push the line
  33. 33. D E PA R T I N G • At least one line will get doubled back to the boat • Perhaps a fender change • Free all other lines • Release doubled line from aboard as directed by the skipper
  34. 34. D O C K L I N E H A N D L I N G C H E AT S H E E T • Keep Lines clear of the prop • Run docklines so they pay out cleanly • Use docklines and cleats as instructed • Unless a collision is imminent • Never put yourself in the middle of a collision • Sweating and Surging

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