It’s not a requirement, but the consequential liabilities of the Manatee’s substantial cross-section are greatly offset by at least one strong thruster, especially in narrow fairways or docking situations in winds of 15 or more knots. Just outside the pilothouse doors are mid-ships cleats where posts or dock line springs are made easy. I find this all that’s necessary to trap the vessel well enough to get other lines secured. I single hand, even with my wife aboard. Rarely an issue. Setting up lines & fenders ahead of time, staying aware of wind speed & direction, having a dock plan, and understanding the use of prop wash and/or thrusters are all key points. Once you’ve got a knot of speed flowing under your keel, directional stability is no challenge.
These are wonderful boats.
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