Sailing Yacht

Docking Approaches Demonstration





Demonstration of heading in and out of a slip and backing in and out of a slip employing a 32 foot cruising sailboat. You’ll be able to listen to the phase by phase directions specified by the Captain, see the actions taken by the Helmswoman and movements of the boat in response to these actions

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36 comments

  1. Thank you for adding the second slip arrival. I am missing my port bow pylon…or it's barely there. That second arrival maneuver will be of great help! Great video! Thank you!

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  2. General observation:

    One can’t but think the transmission is stressed with so many shifts

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  3. Hats off to you. I would not be able to talk someone through that. She must have some experience. You didn’t explain prop thrust to her and yet she seems to understand it. Perhaps because she doesn’t understand a thing! She just sees the behavior and accepts it without wondering why it doesn’t work in the opposite direction. That boat is not a good turner and you and she made it look like it is. Bravo. I’ve seen husbands scream at their wives. Literally scream. With enough emotion that if a cop were around he’d have intervened.

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  4. It’s hard to take him seriously while wearing that big orange PFD.

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  5. Good instructor, very impressive. I'd love to be taught by this instructor.

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  6. Why the ruder always starboard? At least center during the backwards movement

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  7. why 2 different video,s in one? the voice makes it look like its one video,but it clearly shows that its not

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  8. As a sailor and a sail and power boat owner for 40+ years I can say that docking is the most difficult part of sailing (boating) especially on windy days or windy days with a fast moving current at the dock. Never do it at a speed faster than you would feel comfortable hitting the dock at. Yet speed is required so water is moving past the rudder to give you steerage. Have dock lines and dock pole ready as you approach the dock. Always be prepared for a possible stall out of the engine when shifting from fwd to rev.

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  9. My compliments to the new captain. Did a really nice job!! This is an excellent video, makes everything clear and to the point. Anyone could get something from watching this.

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  10. Straight gnar!

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  11. Nice !

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  12. Good technique. I realize Rita is the student but please, ease up on the throttle!

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  13. The spring line is a new concept for me. It works great. Thanks!

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  14. How to park a motorboat?

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  15. What is the boat brand in this video? Thank you.

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  16. Another great video

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  17. look mom, no bow thruster!

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  18. Honestly, the video does not make it clear… what you are doing where. What obstacles…how tight your clearance are in the lane to make your first turn. A little diagram in the beginning may make it clear what challenges we are looking to overcome. I was not sure a line was needed on the port side to get out of the slip, visually the challenges of your "Lane Width" were not shown before you started.

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  19. Great video but how would you handle some wind on the starboard? the bow will turn into the boat on the port side or the pillar..

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  20. Very nice…….

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  21. Cool !

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  22. Very instructive. Love it. Thanks.

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  23. Great…thanks!!!

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  24. Will this technique work, with adjustments, if location of slip requires turn to port to back in slip?

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  25. Man, that guy seemed like a super chill instructor. Would love to have some sessions with that guy.

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  26. Docking a sailing vessel over 30 feet can be a formidable task, even with no wind. But this video demonstrates some very nice techniques. Great video.

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  27. Thanks for posting this. I've been adjusting to the docking challenges of our new to us Island Packet 31 where we sail on Lake Michigan and sometimes she seems to have a mind of her own! The port prop walk effect seems to be less than I was expecting but I think its probably something I just have to become more familiar with.

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  28. good!!!

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  29. Thank you for the video but I have one question Are you using the piling to pivot on is the rail of the boat rubbing on the piing? Thank you

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  30. very useful, thanks!

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  31. I think I need this lesson !! My last episode was a cluster-F and had to kedge myself out of the mud. However I had newbies on board with a barge-pole so I suspect I was being pushed off very hard when we got close to something as the boat really didn't respond like I'm normally used to. We don't have pylons to use for our slips so we don't have the luxury of tight maneuvers to our slips. It's a case of line up and do it really slow. I still need instruction and practice to get this down !! Great video.

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  32. the first time i parked my boat it was into my neighbor's stern. hi neighbor.

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  33. Huh. That wasn't how our first docking instruction went. It was more like, "Reverse, steady, neutral, forward…wait…I said forward. Forward! NOW back! What are you doing! Look out, you dumbass! CRUNCH."

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  34. I took this docking course with Capt Don last spring. It was a revelation. Don is an amazing teacher. He is patient and intuitive. I left the course confident that I could dock my boat and have demonstrated it time and again. Brushing up on my skills and reviewing my course material for this boating season. Thanks MD School-Your the best!!

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  35. Nice vid.

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  36. Fantastic. Having an Island Packet 380 any help is appreciated in learning how to manoevre her successfully especially as in the Med we always have to go astern to the quay. Have recommended your School to my fellow long keelers. Thanks again. Cheers Peter B.

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