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Old 08-22-2017, 01:10 AM   #21
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Ask your berth neighbors how they negotiate the marina. If they all have twin engines or a bow thruster, you may be in trouble. Nevertheless, a hard rudder (either port or starboard) with a several-second burst of throttle while in gear will make a tight turn. Nevertheless, I'd be more concerned about the capability to dock in your cramped situation. If you can dock, you should be able to exit.
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Old 08-22-2017, 01:34 AM   #22
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Speaking of overcrowding, here's my favourite snap of someone who was caring enough to hang an extra fender to help a neighbour.
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Old 08-22-2017, 10:15 AM   #23
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A couple of years ago when we were cruising in Montreal the marina directed me down the wrong very narrow fairway. I had to put the nose of the boat partway into an empty slip in order to turn around.
Yes I could have backed out but it was more fun practicing and watching the dock master sweat.
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Old 08-22-2017, 10:43 AM   #24
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I just went online and did some measurement of one of the more popular and reputable FLL marinas based on mapping at some point in time. Found a very interesting but not unusual situation.

West slips 120', East slips 80'. Fairway 175'. Seems reasonable. One slight problem. Boat extending beyond slip on west side 25'. Boat extending beyond slip on east side 33'. So now boats up to 145' and effective fairway down to 117'. Design good. Use not so good. In fact, placement of boats makes no sense either as why is 113' boat in the 80' slips and not the 120' slips.

Same on their smaller dock. West slip 60', east slip 50' fairway 90'. Design fine. West boat 70', East boat 70'. Effective fairway 60'.

The issue is that nearly all marinas face a demand for slips larger than they have available. Some are rigid in their limitations. Others try to fit the boats in. So suddenly fairways are much more restricted and boats much more exposed than the design ever provided.
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Old 08-22-2017, 10:54 AM   #25
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The fairway between my marina and the neighboring marina is 40'. The slips in my marina are 35' long, the neighboring marina's slips are 30' long.

My slip is an angled 50' slip. Angled because the fairway is so narrow. My boat, when angled at 45 degrees, with the dinghy on the swim step, is almost exactly 40' wide. I am fortunate that I am near the end, but when a large boat overhangs the outside dock on the neighboring marina, it can get interesting.

Here is a google earth screen shot. My boat is circled and I put a line where the stern of the boat behind me often it located (unless they hang over).
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Old 08-22-2017, 11:00 AM   #26
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The fairway between my marina and the neighboring marina is 40'. The slips in my marina are 35' long, the neighboring marina's slips are 30' long.

My slip is an angled 50' slip. Angled because the fairway is so narrow. My boat, when angled at 45 degrees, with the dinghy on the swim step, is almost exactly 40' wide. I am fortunate that I am near the end, but when a large boat overhangs the outside dock on the neighboring marina, it can get interesting.

Here is a google earth screen shot. My boat is circled and I put a line where the stern of the boat behind me often it located (unless they hang over).
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Angled actually makes a lot of sense, much as in parking lots and garages, except they require boats to be backed long distances and many have difficulty with that. We have a similar situation on many canals around us. Boats have side tie docks and have to get to and from their docks by going forward one of the ways and in reverse the entire opposite way. For some boats that can be as much as 2000' of backing.
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Undoubtedly twin screws but still...
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Old 08-22-2017, 11:31 AM   #28
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Undoubtedly twin screws but still...


Seen that many times. Impressive!
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Old 08-22-2017, 07:20 PM   #29
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This one always cracks me up

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Old 08-22-2017, 07:46 PM   #30
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Seen that many times. Impressive!
IMHO -Turn up the volume. Listen closely, thrusters are in play. A good twin screw operator can perform a wonderful demonstration, I doubt this boat is operating with just twins.
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Old 08-22-2017, 07:51 PM   #31
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I have a idea here hold my beer
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Old 08-22-2017, 09:19 PM   #32
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IMHO -Turn up the volume. Listen closely, thrusters are in play. A good twin screw operator can perform a wonderful demonstration, I doubt this boat is operating with just twins.
I agree.
Twin screws and thrusters with very little wind. It would be a concern if he couldn't make it look good in those circumstances.
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I agree.
Twin screws and thrusters with very little wind. It would be a concern if he couldn't make it look good in those circumstances.
It really wasn't a difficult docking although looked impressive. Had favorable conditions and a boat equipped for it. Now, there still are some who screw those up.
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I could do that if i had a slip with docks on both sides. I do it all the time docking to my port side as I pull my outboard up about 200' away if not more when the lake is low. Rigging it to auto secure and tie is another story.
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Undoubtedly twin screws but still...
Sorry, I'm not impressed at all. I could do that with my single.
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Sorry, I'm not impressed at all. I could do that with my single.
I was tempted to say that too, but didn't want to appear to be bragging!!
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I will jump in too. With little wind and current, a single using a spring line would have tied up faster and been swilling a beer waiting for the twin to make it look pretty.

Wind or current more than minimal, all bets off...
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In no wind/current conditions one can take their time and it's rarely an issue... even solo.
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I was tempted to say that too, but didn't want to appear to be bragging!!
I just don't see that as a really tight spot unless I am missing something.
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Old 08-23-2017, 04:16 PM   #40
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Getting back to the original issue, narrow fairways, we have that problem at our marina. It was built as a condominium marina, and the developer certainly did his best to fit in as many slips as possible. When we had our sailboat, we used a spring line that lived on the piling at the end of the slip to make the turn both leaving and returning. That worked very well as our sailboat had little torque and no thruster. Our current boat is a single with a thruster, so we don't need a spring, but we did use one last year when our thruster went out. We just tied off to the piling, put the boat in reverse at idle, and let her pivot around the piling until we were lined up. Dropped the spring and backed straight into our spot.
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