How To Park Your Catamaran
Dragonfly boss and designer Jens Quorning shows Toby over his new flagship, the Dragonfly 40.
- Approach the berth bow first at a 45-50 degree angle.
- Go slow, around 1 knot and when you are around 3 metres out put the engines into neutral.
- Use the starboard engine only and put this into reverse. This will not only stop the boat but also turn it in the correct way. *(Be mindful is berthing starboard side to this will be opposite).*
- One you are parallel you can go into forward slightly with both engines to stop the boat moving backwards and correct the manoeuvre.
- Tie up the lines.
- Approach the berth stern first at a 45-50 degree angle.
- Aim for the dock where there is a short line (or a cleat to attach one to).
- When the crew can step off they should secure a short stern line to the aft cleat.
- Put both engines into forward so the boat begins to swing forward until it is along side the dock.
- Once the vessel is parallel to the dock attach the other lines.
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