How to enter a narrow waterway leading to the marina?
Are you ready to enter the narrow waterway or passage leading to the pier? Are your ship and crew ready to deal with the accident? Whether it's a brand new dock or your dock as a "base camp", the preparations for each stop are the same.
Captain John Jamison, are you ready to enter the narrow pier?
After all, you will never know that you will experience today...
* Engine failure...
* The gear is stuck...
* There is a boat blocking the passage of progress...
* Unexpected wind and water flow...
* The rudder is stuck or invalid...
If you're like me, you'll do a walk in a narrow space, don't worry if you already have all the equipment you need - already on the deck. The following 5 simple docking rules can be followed for any type of vessel. They are suitable for recreational or competitive sailing, as well as for power boats with inboard or outboard engines.
Have you trained your crew or partner how to deal with accidents and prepare to stop in a narrow space?
1. Attach cables to both sides of the ship. Masters know that once you enter a narrow space to operate, things can change quickly. With cables on each side, you are ready to use both the port side and the starboard side. The cable is the number one cable that is the most important. The cable must be long enough to wrap around the bobbin or winch on the ship after bypassing the bollard or tether on the pier.
2. Hang 2-3 bumps on each side - one near the bow and the other near the mast (the widest position of the ship). In doing so, no matter which side you choose to dock, you can protect it, and in case you collide with other ships during operation, it can also protect. Do this on both sides of the vessel. why? If your plan changes at the last minute, the pad is already tied to the port or starboard. This saves time and reduces the stress of operating in tight spaces.
3. Take out 1-2 hooks for use. Open the foldable boat hook to the fully extended position. This can help your crew not have to pull out the body to grab the cable on the water. If it is on a sailboat, place the hook on the top of the cabin to prevent it from tripping over it.
4. Assign the crew a motorized bumper. This will be the most important position for the crew during docking and drills. Take a touchpad and wrap a big ring from the tail of the tail to the other one. Whether it is he or she sees a possible collision, this maneuvering pad can be used to reduce the effect.
This will prevent damage to the costly hull, dock structure, or other moored yachts. This motorized bump will be the most important on board. Train your crew how to use it for safe, simple docking at any pier in the world.
5. Understand the direction of the wind and the current. Stop the boat near the pier or yacht parking area. Which side of the boat is swinging? Can you see any signs indicating the wind direction in the parking area? Observe the flags on the top of the flag, the mast of the sailboat, or the ripples on the water. As for the water flow, observe the flow of water near the pile, the lighthouse or the light structure.
Imagine encountering wind shadows in closed waters (winds are blocked by objects such as land, houses, buildings, trees) and swirling (when the water flows around obstacles or encounters obstacles, the water flow direction changes.) )Case. Always pay attention to the cable pile and wind direction. Adjust your docking strategy if necessary.
Now you know the five basic preparation steps you need to make each time you enter a dock or dock in a narrow space. Learn how to dock a ship like a master, and your captain skills will be upgraded to a new level – I promise!
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