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Docking and maneuvering in tight quarters can be the most stressful part of our sailing day, many of us would rather not depart the marina than face this venture. It is fine to practice on the water, but this seminar will show you the "big picture" that we also must learn about, and this goes back to understanding the basic principles of maneuvering the boat through the water is differently than when cruising, under power and sail.

When: Sunday, January 28, 2018
From 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Where: Vancouver Maritime Museum: CM Discovery Centre Room & Dock
1905 Odgen Avenue
Vancouver, British Columbia  V6J 1A3
Contact: Shannon Rae

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Docking and Maneuvering in Tight Quarters

Under Power and Sail

Sunday January 28, 2018

Vancouver Maritime Museum

With Ken Gillstrom


Docking and maneuvering in tight quarters can be the most stressful part of our sailing day. It is great to practice on the water, but it is imperative that you first understand the basic principles of maneuvering the boat under power and sail.


This full day seminar covers the following


Part 1 – In Classroom

          Using simple vessel and dock models to help demonstrate all techniques

1.      Vessel Design – Factors that affect maneuverability

a.      Below the waterline

b.     Above the waterline

2.      Controlling the Vessel

a.      Center of Lateral Resistance

b.     Rudder

c.      Speed

d.     Prop Wash

e.      Prop Walk

3.      Embracing Mother Nature

a.      Effects of Wind and Current

4.      Maneuvering Strategies in Tight Quarters

5.      Leaving the dock

a.      Dock lines

b.     Fenders

c.      Crew

d.     Communication

e.      What’s Going to Happen?

f.      Vessel Alignment

g.     Casting Off

h.     Bow out/Stern out?

Lunch – approx. 45 minutes

6.      Docking at an Unfamiliar Dock

a.      Situation Awareness

b.     Preparing Vessel and Crew

c.      Trial Pass – Assessing Situation

d.     Maintaining an Exit Strategy

e.      Dock Lines and Fenders

f.      Approaches

g.     Anticipating Mother Nature

h.     Which Dock Line?

7.      Under Sail

a.      Maneuvering, Anchoring and Docking

b.     Powering up and Depowering

c.      Maintaining Steerage

d.     Mainsail. Jib or Both

e.      Reversing



At the docks at Maritime Museum on board GEMINI’S DREAM (please dress appropriately for the weather of the day) Approximately 2 hours


BCA Members  -  $ 95.

Non-members  -  $ 135.                        

Cancellation Policy:

There is a $15 processing fee in the event of student cancellation.


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