Before you can dock your boat properly, it needs to be in good shape and free of rust. To dock your boat safely you need to know the basics about docking your boat. There are two types of docking a boat can perform. Your first choice is to dock your boat in place using the main motor of the boat which of the following is recommended. To determine how long your boat anchored in should be, multiply the depth of water where you anchor in by sixteen. This gives you an idea how deep you need to anchor your boat in order to keep it from sinking or becoming damaged.
The second preferred method of docking your boat involves a barge of either land or water coming along behind your boat
The barge will anchor in place behind your boat and will provide you with the much needed support as you attempt to dock your boat. The main disadvantage of this method of docking is that if the tide changes quickly it can be difficult to determine when to move your barge in order to catch the proper tide change. The other main disadvantage of this method of docking is that it does not provide support to your boat during bad weather.
You have the option of either waiting for the breeze to pick up or waiting for the head wind to arrive before attempting to dock your vessel. Waiting for the breeze to pick up is the recommended method of docking because the stronger winds help to keep the water moving with more speed than with the slower winds. Waiting for the head wind to arrive on your own is usually not advised since most head winds happen within seven days of the time that the breeze arrives.
The third type of docking your boat which is most frequently used when you’re sailing in calm waters is anchoring in place
There are many different types of anchoring techniques that you can use when you choose to dock in place. The most basic anchor that you can use is your standard fender anchor. Fender or jib anchor is simply a long rope that is anchored in the middle of the bow of your boat. This type of anchor provides little protection from the elements, since it is pretty easy to maneuver the bow of the boat while anchored. This technique is very effective at low speeds and can be used in calm waters, however, it is important to pay attention to where the anchor is located on the boat to prevent it from being blown away in strong winds.
If you decide to use fenders in order to dock, you will need to tie one end of the fenders to a pier and the other end to a post on the shore. This will allow you to easily maneuver the fenders without fear of them getting thrown away in a strong wind. The best thing about using fenders is that they usually come with extra anchoring lines that you can use to tie them to the pier securely.
If you would prefer to have fenders that do not have to come off the boat during docking, then you should consider using a bow mounted fenders
Bow mounted fenders are ideal for individuals who wish to minimize the amount of visibility that their body offers to any potential boater. Bow mounted fenders are attached to the bow of the vessel with one end tied to a dock and the other end to a sharp point on the bow of the vessel. These fenders are often visible just above the waterline and make it very difficult to sneak up on a vessel.
For boats that do not have the option of docking directly with pier, there are options available that will allow you to tie down your vessel with cleats. In this case, the cleats are used on the bottom of the vessel to make it more stable as you navigate in and out of the water. Cleats are secured to the bottom of the boat through a system of cleat ties or pressure Washer Tabs. Because of the secureable nature of these cleats, this is one of the better methods to ensure that everyone on board has equal access to the deck of the boat while you are docked.
When you have found the perfect docking area, the next thing you need to do is determine the type of steps that will need to be used in order to access the dock. If you are using large boats, you may need to consider having large steps installed so that you can get into the dock without removing your footwear. If you have a smaller vessel, you may opt to use smaller steps or even just ask your passengers to step two feet onto the grass in front of you. Regardless of which method you choose, these steps will make sure that everyone has easy access to the docks.