Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Short slips

When I posted this photo of our boat in the new slip ( as soon as it's repaired) I received some comments from people pointing out that the little spur dock is too short for our 22 ft. boat.

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And we agree, it's too short. And we WILL at some point be seeing if we can pull some strings to get another section added. It might help once Preacher has a boat next to us and we BOTH need more to tie to. But I am not making waves about it right now. We are not the only boat here with similar concerns:

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That Dauntless 180 fits okay, but those guys on the other side have even more of a "hangover" problem than we do.

And these guys have even bigger issues, even though they already have three dock sections. They are presently tying off to the buoys down between the docks:

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But those buoys are in the way for everybody else. I have a tough time getting the boat into our slip here when we have an ebb tide and the trade winds. Or even with a flood tide and no wind. Either way, those conditions together push the bow sideways so hard I have to come in here at about a 45 degree crab angle. Then crank her over hard to port and give it a shot of throttle at the last minute. Its kind of like slipping an aircraft to a soft field landing. The line of buoys down the middle of the "runway" complicates it a bit.

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It's an interesting place to have to make a sudden 130 degree turn into a slip.

We have been assured that the buoys were only there to install the floating docks, and that they are coming out. Should get interesting in the meantime.

Hey, since we are going to be "boatless" and stuck on Provo for the next few days, if anyone wants more photos of anything here you know about so far, please write us in the Comments section.

2 comments:

Strictly Business said...

Why dont people back there boats into those slips? if the bow of the boat hangs over it doesnt really matter much because you board from the stern. Also the bow line coming back the the end cleat will double for a bow and spring line preventing your boat to move in a forward motion. Right now i have a 35' boat in a 30' foot slip set up like this and it has seemed to work pretty well so far.

Gringo said...

We thought of that, too. We will probably try backing in at some point to see how it fits. But we like the direction with the bow into the trade winds. When the chop gets up, we would just as soon it not splash over the transom.

But the main thing is that it's still a little tricky for me getting into the slip at all. There are several combinations of tide and wind here, and a huge part of the Caicos Bank runs through here on the outgoing tide, especially. We watched a very experienced captain take three approaches yesterday to get a 28 ft. Parker into a slip and tied up. Boats don't go exactly where they are pointed in this marina.