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Old 01-26-2013, 01:08 PM   #68
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City: Port Townsend, WA
Country: USA
Vessel Name: Traveler
Vessel Model: Cheoy Lee 46 LRC
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Originally Posted by Marin View Post
And there it is.

In earlier post I responded to a query about docking simulators and if anyone used them or found one they liked. I responded that we did but did not elaborate on the type.

But we do indeed have a docking simulator that we bought a number of years ago and it's terrific. Much better than the Chapman's thing or the simulators that are available today on the web. We still "practice" with it today. The one we have is still available but you have to hunt them down--- they cannot be purchased new.

It was made by a small marine company in Singapore called, of all things, American Marine. It is 36 feet long, weighs 30,000 pounds, and has everything a real boat would have--- two engines, a wheel, two rudders, etc.

As far as we're concerned it is the best docking simulator ever made and we have become extremely proficient at docking our boat using it.

There are similar devices available under a variety of names. Some have two engines, some have one. But all of them do an absolutely stirling job of teaching one how to dock a boat in virtually every situation you are likely to ever encounter.

We strongly advise getting one of these--- the brand name doesn't really matter--- and then practicing with it as often as possible. You'll be amazed at how quickly you pick up the techniques. Once you learn them it's a snap to transfer your skills to your own boat.
Now THAT is an excellent post on many levels!
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