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Old 07-24-2015, 10:53 AM   #21
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Good job Richard,
Single screw, no bow-thruster, tight area.
Warping would have been my suggestion as well.
The great thing here is that you are still trying to learn.
There are a lot of professional skippers out there that could do with a few lessons from you!!
Have fun out there!
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Old 07-24-2015, 12:08 PM   #22
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Just remember, you only need an inch!
That is definitely not what she said!!!
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Old 07-24-2015, 04:07 PM   #23
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There is a degree of situational intelligence in always having your boat "ready to go" at a moment's notice. Someday that may prove imperative to your safety and security. It is always a Good Idea in my mind.

With Seaweed I'd have tied the easy way then spun her with the lines. That said, my girl is small and light weight. And too I'm not very good at docking.

No damage, no problem. And congratulations Richard on another success.
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Old 07-25-2015, 05:14 PM   #24
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He already has one..its those stars and stripes on the staff off the stern.
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Exactly.

Poor Dauntless, the scrapes and scratches she has picked up in the last 4 weeks is becoming embarrassing even for ME!

As one of my crew remarked last week, "it's a rub rail, NOT a crash rail"
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Old 07-25-2015, 05:54 PM   #25
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Ok.
Now I realize why I made the original post.

Thank you Capt. Bill and others who suggested spring lines (warping).

I had not thought of that and now it's clearly the right answer.

The problem with making the turn so close to the bridge is that it reduced my options and increased risk of serious damage had the stern fly bridge contacted the bridge.

It also turned out that there was probably only 50 ft between the bridge and that sailboat. Interesting that the sailboat people were in their cockpit and never came out, even when my bow pulpit and anchor was just feet away.

A number of things I've noticed since being on the continent:

Boats get far closer here, even when there is NO need, boats will pass within 10 ft of each other, when I'd think 50' was minimum.

In the Netherlands, they insisted you dock facing outwards. No one else seems to care.

Virtually no one answers radio calls from me. Have since learned that if they don't speak English, they simply don't answer in any language. This was then confirmed as I was going down river and approaching a ferry that was tethered to the middle of the river, with three row boats spaced along the tether.

A barge was coming upstream, the ferry was on the starboard side of the river and therefore the rowboats were strung across the starboard half.

The barge came thru on the port side. I had slowed to let him get post and then I started to go to port, but by then the ferry was moving back across the river.

Then I saw the row boats also moving and I figured out that I had to stay right.

In the meantime the barge had passed me, saw the flag and he called the ferry to tell him I was an English speaker and they had a chuckle wondering if I'd figure out which side to go on.

I did. And then broadcast on the channel, in half Dutch and English,

"Thank you and yes, I did figure it out"


Lastly, everyone says they have Wi-Fi, they certainly have a router, BUT more often then not, it's NOT connected to anything!

So, even though I posted this last week, I only have very limited internet.

Only now in Latvia, do I have a good, consistent connection.

Next stop, Estonia.

I'll also post on my blog in the next few days about skirting the Russian minefields.
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Old 07-25-2015, 09:56 PM   #26
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Richard, when you get back to the States, you can give me boat handling lessons. Po kitty says hi.
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