- Created: Sunday, 24 November 2013 16:00
- Written by Matt Trulio
There are two types of go-fast boat operators: Those who have made a mess out of docking at least once, and those who will. No matter who you are, much less think you are, it inescapable. And chances are your worst docking moment will come when a crowd is watching. It's just the way of things.
Several years ago, I watched one of the biggest names in high-performance boating struggle to get a 36-foot catamaran on a trailer—the rolling equivalent of a dock if you will—for more than half an hour in 25- to 30-mph gusty crosswinds compounded by the seriously unfavorable downstream approach,the only one available, he was forced to take. In the end, it look four of us standing in waist-deep in the water and helping guide the cat onto its bunks to make it happen. This guy had forgotten more about bringing a boat to the dock or getting it onto trailer than most of us will never know, and yet on that day in those conditons he couldn't make it happen—at least without risking an expensive paint job—without help.
"You don't get killed docking a boat," say Tres Martin, the founder of the Performance Boat School that bears his name. "But there are ways to make it a lot easier and a whole lot less of an adventure.