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    Default Docking of the boat

    Hi all , I've fished from a boat on a few occasions now but never on a fishery where there is no one else to help with docking of the boat my question is when coming into the boat docking area after switching the engine off how do you attach the boat safely before you remove all your gear without damaging yourself or the boat and dock?
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    Default Re: Docking of the boat

    Quote Originally Posted by noel View Post
    Hi all , I've fished from a boat on a few occasions now but never on a fishery where there is no one else to help with docking of the boat my question is when coming into the boat docking area after switching the engine off how do you attach the boat safely before you remove all your gear without damaging yourself or the boat and dock?
    If I'm in a boat by myself, I usually break down my rod before returning to the dock and pack up as best I can. Means there's less clutter in the boat and it's easier to move forward, keeping your weight as low as possible, to secure the boat to a mooring. I don't have full use of my left leg, so am always ultra cautious getting into and out of boats. If I can, I moor next to where's there's a railing for support - then offload my gear onto the dock before getting out of the boat. If it's a bit choppy, common sense prevails and I usually call the lodge for a hand!

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    Default Re: Docking of the boat

    I would leave the engine running on tick over then if you are coming in too fast you can always hit reverse rather than the dock.

    Have a rope handy in the centre of the boat, then you can quickly wrap it round something, anything, to stop the boat moving off again before you get the mooring rope properly attached.

    I don't fish on reservoir type fisheries, but on rivers, and the sea, so my advice might be towards the extreme end but better to be over rather than under prepared
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    Default Re: Docking of the boat

    Hi Noel

    Docking a boat

    Stow all rods and tackle within the boat before docking

    Cut your approach speed and six feet from the jetty cut the engine

    Previously find a safe docking space between boats

    The boat will impact on the jetty but not harshly

    Secure the boat with the chain and carabiner clip.

    If you can't bring your boat parallel to the jetty unload from the prow

    If you have a partner one should stand on the jetty while the other passes the gear out of the boat.

    Most care is needed when passing a leisure battery, boat seat, and an outboard.
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    Default Re: Docking of the boat

    Quote Originally Posted by black knight View Post
    Hi Noel

    Docking a boat

    Stow all rods and tackle within the boat before docking

    Cut your approach speed and six feet from the jetty cut the engine

    Previously find a safe docking space between boats

    The boat will impact on the jetty but not harshly

    Secure the boat with the chain and carabiner clip.

    If you can't bring your boat parallel to the jetty unload from the prow

    If you have a partner one should stand on the jetty while the other passes the gear out of the boat.

    Most care is needed when passing a leisure battery, boat seat, and an outboard.
    As WG said.Don't cut the Engine until docked in case you have to reverse.Otherwise good advice from Alban.

    Jim

    PS.Before you do anything.learn how to stop the engine (even before you learn how to start it)
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    Default Re: Docking of the boat

    The scenario I am thinking about is at Langley Dam where I will use my electric outboard the other locations either you or I Alban are at the pointy bit or on my own club water we dock beside the cabin.
    Grandad Noel

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    Default Re: Docking of the boat

    Given the Space and the Choice.always moor/dock alongside the pier/harbour.making it much easier to unload.A short rope3-6' with a loop at each end is good for attaching the thole pin/rowlock to the jetty thereby securing the middle of the boat.

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    Default Re: Docking of the boat

    If other boats are docked, and having packed and safely stowed your gear, aim to coast in next to other boats. You can then use those boats to manually pull your boat the last few inches to the jetty ( dont trap youre fingers!!) with the engine in neutral but running.

    If you have a choice, come in on the windward side so that the wind helps push you against the jetty. If the wind is pushing you off, leave the engine on tickover to keep the boat pinned until youve clipped on the bow.

    If all else fails call the lodge!

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    An apocryphal story from long ago, I knew all the characters concerned but was not there to see it and more than one embarrassed face was seen when the story was told.
    Jim , latcheye and his mate decided that they would do better on the other side of the river so latcheye disappeared, 10 minutes later he returned with a small dingy, no one knew where he got it. In the three got and, well overloaded, headed the 50yards or so for the far bank. After what seemed an eternity they reached their goal and little Jim, eager as ever, grabbed as much gear as he thought he could manage and took one small step for a man, he should have taken a giant leap for mankind. He missed the bank completely as the "boat" pushed away as he took his step. Down he went, worse still was that in his eagerness his actions sank the dingy with all hands. Three wet idiots, lost gear, on the wrong bank with a ten mile walk ahead of them and fishing trip over.
    Be sure the boat is VERY SECURELY TIED UP before stepping out of it.

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    Thank you gentlemen ; note to myself pack spare socks and trousers just in case.
    Grandad Noel

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