It’s time start thinking about getting out on Lake Champlain to enjoy a day of boating. There are plenty of experienced boaters, but there are also some first time boaters hitting the water… and the docks.
Unskilled docking can result in damage to your and others’ boats, to the dock and even injury to you and your passengers, but with patience and practice it’s a skill that can be learned.
Although docking technique will always depend on the weather and wind conditions, there are a few things to keep in mind.
Momentum and speed are not the same. Momentum is simply the forward motion of the boat that will actually carry you into the dock. You will need just enough momentum to get you to the dock and allow you to smoothly make the shift to reverse to stop. Once you’ve actually mastered this task, you’ll probably agree that the best docking technique is the one that you learn by trial and error. Nothing will be a better teacher than practice, practice, practice.
The best advice is to go slow; don’t get nervous or discouraged, and most importantly, remember that every time you try it, will make the next time a little easier.