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Grady Fest 2014 1 st Mate Docking Duties. DISCLAIMER  These are strategies we use  Not necessarily by the book Tide Pirate Docking Strategies.

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1 Grady Fest st Mate Docking Duties

2 DISCLAIMER  These are strategies we use  Not necessarily by the book Tide Pirate Docking Strategies

3 1.Ready the lines – 5 to 6 lines a.1 for each stern clean (2) b.1 for each bow cleat (2) c.1 for mid-ship cleat (1-2) d.Have a boat hook ready on bow of boat for pilings 2.Docking Location a.Typically stern in b.Will finger pier be on port or starboard? (Determines where 5 th line (mid-ship) will go) Prepare

4 Cleat the Lines - Eye (loop) Direction CLEANNOT SO CLEAN (but good for Stern) Prepare Stern Lines for Cross Tie

5 Cleat the Lines – Rails DOUBLE BAD UNDER RAIL Line needs to be outside the rail when tied to the dock

6 1.Pull through each line and prep them for tossing 2.Leave enough length on cleat end for clean toss 3.Line Length – book says 2/3 length of boat. Ours are 25 ft for stern and 40 ft for bow; shorter for spring lines Ready Lines for Tossing

7 1.Hand/Toss Stern line to dock master 1 st a.The book says not to tie lines to the boat until after tossing to dock master – sounds great but I put my trust in the captain to control the boat and find it easier to have all lines tied off on the boat prior to toss 2.Give them the mid-cleat line as well if possible a.Purpose of Spring Line? As You Stern In

8 1.Move to bow of boat and prepare to catch a piling a.Lasso vs. Loop & Longer Bow Lines b.The Cheater c.The Captain d.Using a Boat Hook e.Tie bow off very loosely until stern is positioned As You Stern In

9 1.Only one captain at a time a.Don’t let crew or dockhands distract from your routine with the captain 2.Establish predictable docking communications between you & the captain a.Be sure you both agree on the what the standard communications mean b.May be verbal or hand signals Additional Tips

10 1.Fenders: We typically wait until tied up but can be readied beforehand a.Your typically in fairly protected waters at docks 2.Recheck all lines after boat is secured a.Ensure good tie offs b.Allow slack for tides if dock is not floating 3.Never ward off a dock with a body part Additional Tips

11 Cleat Hitch

12 Happy Docking!


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