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Old 02-07-2023, 11:25 AM   #19
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City: Saint Petersburg
Vessel Name: Weebles
Vessel Model: 1970 Willard 36 Trawler
Join Date: Mar 2019
Posts: 5,958
Originally Posted by Hydraulicjump View Post
Can I add my pet peeve to this? Probably happened to all of you at one time. The "good samaritan" that rushes up to grab a bow line as you are pulling in and to help you stop the boat chooses to immediately cleat the line off about the middle of the dock, spinning your stern into the boat you are sharing a slip with. All this while your most experienced hand--my wife in this case--is getting ready to step off from the cockpit and into what is now a rapidly opening chasm that guarantees a swim. Now every time I see a good samaritan coming to help I say thanks, wait to cleat it until I say so, which will be after my wife cleats the stern line! Took two of these great embarrassments with lots of yelling from my spouse to end this practice. And now with a bigger trawler, this is vitally important.

I am with the earlier instructions for guests. "Thanks for your offer to help. We got this."

As for windows and fingers...yikes!
I've given up on this one (well meaning dock helpers who over-tighten bow lines). I have to yell to get their attention which I hate - the linesman may be my best shot at a free beer in an hour. Best has been to immediately ask them to ease the line 5 feet (lucky to get 2). I don't know if I'm tying a cleat hitch incorrectly or if everyone else is, but I always have to re-tie lines. Same with fenders. Given how few boaters know basic line handling for docklines and fenders, little surprise the schmoe on the dock offering to grab a line doesn't know. But again, could be my way is unusual. I don't think so, but who knows. Maybe I'm missing something.

Nothing kills momentum faster than a taught bow line. Might as well shoot the helmsman. But if that's the worst that happens on any given day, total success.

M/V Weebles
1970 Willard 36 Sedan Trawler
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