Canadian Yachting May 2016 - (Page 18)
By Brenda and Doug Dawson
hile docking a sailboat has remained largely
unchanged over the centuries, power boat designs
have changed dramatically, even over just the last
four decades. Now, power boats come in dozens of styles,
shapes and sizes from runabouts to motor yachts, trawlers,
houseboats, pontoons, ski boats and many more. They also
come with many different drive systems; single, twin, triple and
in some cases, quad motor installations.
Each of these engine and drive systems perform and handle
differently and as a result, different handling and docking techniques are required to accommodate these various designs and
the challenges they create. In the 1940s and 1950s, the old
fashioned method of handling and docking suited all power
boats because they were basically all the same-low freeboard,
full-length keels, single inboards, large rudders, props, big wide
side decks and flat foredecks. Not anymore!
Boaters who don't understand that each requires different
handling and docking techniques, are those needlessly suffering
through sometimes disastrous docking experiences and who risk
alienating their families from boating forever.
In this article we will illustrate just two of the many significant challenges in power boat handling and docking; docking
mid-cabin express cruisers and whether or not to use the steering wheel with a twin engine boat. We will share a few tips and
solutions you can use this summer.
C a n a d i a n Y a c h t i n g MAY 2016
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Canadian Yachting May 2016
Vantage Point: Wood you ever go back?
Waterfront: Marine News
Club Profile: Midland Bay Sailing Club
Boat Handling: Embarrassment-free Docking Tips - Docking your boat is not rocket science but it also can be intimidating. Follow these clearly outlined techniques to improve your docking performance. By Brenda and Doug Dawson
Shafts and Propellers: Props Part 2 - Part 2 focusses on the other parts of your drive system that can be critical to either maximizing your propellor’s effectives, or robbing it of the ability to perfom its best. By Rob MacLeod
Destination: Azores - The Shards take sabbatical in the Portuguese islands of the Azores in the middle of their transatlantic crossing. Offering stunning landscapes steeped in history, this traditional provisioning waypoint for pilots and sailors is now a blossoming charter destination. By Sheryl Shard, Photos by Paul and Sheryl Shard
Behind the Scenes: MJM Yachts - Made exclusively by Boston BoatWorks, learn how MJM combines old principles of boat design with modern techniques to produce, light, stable and extremely fuel-efficient yachts. By Kate Fincham
Sail Review: Marlow-Hunter 31
Power Review: Jeanneau Leader 46
Power Review: Everglades 230 CC
Crossing the Line: The 180-second Workout
Canadian Yachting May 2016