When docking your sailboat, you need to slow down as you approach the dock, target an open space, get your fenders ready, ask a crewman to step towards the dock or call someone at the dock to help you out, and tie your sailboat properly. Make sure you also give special attention to the wind, the current, and the tides.

Docking your sailboat may not be that easy, especially when you are a beginner. If you do not know how to carefully and properly do it, you may disturb other sailors nearby or worse, incur accidents. To make docking easier and safer for you, consider the following steps:

Slow down as you approach the dock

When approaching the dock, slow down and move at a slow, controllable pace