How to Dock Your Boat By Yourself (Even If It’s Really Windy)
It’s boat docking time!
Nobody wants to look like a complete newbie in front of a crowded boat ramp…
But unless you know how to dock your boat by yourself when the wind is blowing and the current is ripping, then chances are it’ll happen to you.
But don’t worry — in this video, you’ll learn exactly how to dock your boat like a pro in these tough conditions.
I’ll show you which side of the dock is harder to pull your boat up to, which side is easier, and how to dock your boat on both sides in case you have no choice.
Plus, you’ll learn an easy trick to make sure your boat doesn’t float away when you’re trying to tie it off to the dock.
Docking Your Boat By Yourself In The Wind [VIDEO]
How To Dock Your Boat On The Easy Side Of The Dock
The easy side to dock your boat on when it’s windy is the side that is upwind.
On days with calm winds and a light current, you can drive your boat right up to the side of the dock.
But on days when the wind and/or current is ripping, it’s a little tougher.
If you’re docking on the upwind side, you just need to make one small adjustment: drive your boat to an imaginary dock that’s 3-5 feet over.
When you get to that spot, the wind will gently take you into the dock and you can get out and tie off your boat.
Be sure to tie down whichever side the wind is pushing first.
In this video, the wind was pushing my boat from the back, so I tied down the back first.
How To Dock Your Boat On The Hard Side Of The Dock
On a busy day, the dock may be full and you’ll have no choice but to dock your boat on the downwind (more difficult) side.
This is more difficult because the wind gives you just a small window of opportunity to get your boat to the side of the dock, get out, and grab the ropes to control your boat.
But thankfully, there’s a trick to make this a lot easier.
Here it is: before you approach the dock, have two lines right next to you ready to grab before you step off of the boat onto the dock.
One line will be connected to the back of the boat, and one will be connected to the front.
Having control of both ends of the boat will make this process much easier.
Now, as you approach the dock, come in at about a 45-degree angle, keeping it in neutral for the most part.
Then, at the last second, do a sharp turn and put your motor in gear to bring the side of your boat right up to the dock.
Grab both of the lines, step onto the dock, and tie off your boat.
The reason you grab both lines before you step off the boat is because it’s way too easy for the front of your boat to swing out if you only have a rope controlling the back of the boat.
Docking your boat in the wind by yourself might seem difficult if you don’t know what you’re doing.
But if you plan ahead for the current and wind and use these tips, then it’s actually much easier than you think.
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