Originally Posted by markpierce
The midship cleat first works best for me. After it's secured, there's little need for anything fancy or quick. ... Why do most dockhand volunteers always go for the bow line?
This ticks me off as well. I would rather they just stand back and let me position the boat. Once they grab that bow line they take control of the boat and it turns into a Chinese fire drill. If they could get the length correct in theory you could just power against the dock using your rudder to thrust the stern into the dock. But they never get the length right, and they always jerk the bow too close to the dock. My neighbor, bless his sole thinks it's his job to meet me at the dock. I actually try to sneak in so he doesn't help. I don't want to seem like a jerk when people volunteer to help so you end up dealing with it. I always check and adjust all dock lines after landing, some people think nothing is good enough or maybe I don't trust them, ultimately I'm responsible for the boat. Last thing I want is my boat leaving the dock without me. You hit a hot spot.