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Old 09-21-2015, 12:20 PM   #41
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Thanks, I can picture that now.

Wireless windless.... I never even imagined something like that existed.
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Old 09-21-2015, 03:54 PM   #42
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Subscribing because I'm pondering the same thing
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Old 09-21-2015, 04:20 PM   #43
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Once you get big enough that you don't want to use the Braille method of docking, and from there at least up to 70 or 80 feet, the bigger the boat, the easier single-handing becomes, everything else being equal. The comment above about big boats not being blown around as much is exactly my experience. More than once I have noticed, when approaching a fuel or bait dock on a windy day, it is typically the 35' and under that get blown around the most and seem to be the least under control.
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Old 09-21-2015, 05:24 PM   #44
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Docking single-handed is most practical when the helm position is close to dock level and ladders or steps are unnecessary to safely get onto the dock.
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Old 09-21-2015, 06:12 PM   #45
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It's really a matter of being able to get the boat secured to the dock before leaving the boat. A spring line and correct rudder position is enough to accomplish that. The rest is just clean up so you can turn the engine(s) off.
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Old 09-21-2015, 07:58 PM   #46
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The comment above about big boats not being blown around as much is exactly my experience. More than once I have noticed, when approaching a fuel or bait dock on a windy day, it is typically the 35' and under that get blown around the most and seem to be the least under control.
I once had a 54' sport fisher and it was a piece of cake to dock.
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Old 09-21-2015, 09:08 PM   #47
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Give me a 200 ton twin engine boat with 5000 or so hp, toss in a joystick I can use on the deck controlling the engines and the 60 hp bow and stern thrusters. Oh and toss in some Maxwell Capstans with lines for tying.

Now back to the OP's issue. Size based on your needs, what you can afford to buy and use and maintain, and what you can manage fully and still have the time to enjoy boating.

As to single handing, it's not a matter or docking, but a matter of all the other things that can happen while you're on the water. It's also just like any other boating in that you need to have a plan in advance for all the "what-if's." If you're doing ICW that may be as simple as "anchor and call for a tow." That's perfectly acceptable and far better than trying to fix it while aimlessly drifting into the rocks or shoal. That's where some panic when they never had a plan.
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Old 09-22-2015, 06:16 AM   #48
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The hardest part of single handing is not docking,

Its the MAN OVERBOARD DRILL!
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