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    21. Narrowboat Medical Emergency, First Aid & Accident GPS Spot
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    21. Narrowboat Medical Emergency, First Aid & Accident GPS Spot

    October 18, 2019


    So in this episode I was going to talk
    about how I had completed the plumbing and I had fitted one side of the kitchen
    together but unfortunately on day 2 of my project this week, it all came to an
    abrupt halt, as I had a bit of an incident! I was kneeling down, I had just
    finished fitting some clips onto a batten. There was a angle that you
    would hang a radiator on, now they’re quite sharp, fixed to the wall. I
    wasn’t using any tools, I stood up and sliced the front of my knee open on one
    of the angles from the radiator brackets. So as soon as I realised that the cut
    was a bit deeper and a bit bigger than just a scratch and a plaster, and the
    fact that I knew that I would actually have to go to hospital. I thought, right,
    okay I need to dress it because I need to get in the car and drive myself there
    and I didn’t want blood all over the car. So I cleansed the wound.
    I have got a number of saline tubes in my emergency kit and I cleaned the wound
    out. I then dried it off, I put a gauze patch on top of the cut and then I had a
    roll plaster, wrapped it around the leg around the back of the knee round, round
    and round and then I sealed it off with a bit of sticky plaster, to sort of fix it in
    place. I took a number of gauzes
    that soak up blood with me, just in case it started leaking in the car.
    I am off to A&E because I definitely need stitches. I’ve patched it up
    but it’s bleeding and you can see right the way through to this the kneecap,
    which is lovely! It doesn’t really hurt but it’s about a good, one and a half
    inches to two inch slice, so anyway, off to QMC. I got into A&E, I signed
    myself in and a nurse quickly came out and put a pad on the floor so I could
    put my foot on it. We laughed and sort of, because we didn’t want to get
    blood all over the floor and it would put the other customers off we laughed
    at. Quite quickly I went in to see a triage nurse and he indicated that I had
    patched up quite nicely. I had done myself a lot of favors by cleaning the
    wound and patching it up in the way that I did. He redressed it and verified that
    yes, I would need stitches, which was done by different nurse. I went out into the
    waiting room only a couple of minutes, this was normally about three or four
    minutes between each one of these. Now A&E waiting times can be sort of hours,
    sometimes like three or four hours before you get seen but because I think,
    I think it was because I was leaving blood everywhere I went, they sort of
    speeded up the process for me. Now of course because it is an open wound
    and because it is a bit gory, I’m going to give a bit of a warning now. So if you
    don’t like blood, or gore, or needles going through skin, then look away now
    and I’ll tell you again when it’s safe to look. So you can look back again now. They
    re-dressed the wound and they explained that in about half an hour, an hour the
    anaesthetic that they had pumped in around the knee, was going to wear off
    and the pain would start. So it was important for me to get some ibuprofen
    to stop the swelling and some paracetamol to aid the pain. Well I’ve got my
    painkillers and I’m now back to the car and now I’ve got to get through this
    rush hour in Nottingham before it wears off and I need to get back on my boat.
    What a day! How to stop doing the plumbing. I was going really well but still anyway,
    these things happen but I’m pleased I had a good first aid kit on board, and
    I’m pleased I had my car next to the boat. So I’ve got to go back in ten days,
    to a local doctors and to get the stitches removed and so they can have a
    look at it, but it’ll be fine, it’s just a slice wound, but it’s just quite deep and
    right on the knee, which is a real pain, but anyway. I also wanted to restock the
    things that I had used in my first-aid kit, because you never know when the next
    incident is going to happen. I’m not particularly accident-prone, there’s some
    people that go to A&E or cut themselves every week but,
    it doesn’t happen very often for me. But when it does happen, it usually does
    happen on a catastrophic scale, shall we say but anyway. I got back to the boat
    as quickly as I could, I took some paracetamol and I just took
    it easy and for the last couple of days, I haven’t really done that much. Bending
    the knee has been a bit difficult because the skin stretches on the knee
    but I’ve let it, I’ve opened it up, I’ve taken the plaster off the top and let it
    breathe and it’s healing quite nicely. Meanwhile life on the River Soar
    carried on as normal. When I returned from the hospital,
    Molly clearly knew that something had happened, as she barked at cows on the
    other side of the water. Now she very rarely barks, this was unusual for her
    and showed she knew something wasn’t right. There’s probably different levels
    of first-aid kit that most people have in their home. There’ll be the very, very
    basic, which will probably be a five-year out-of-date tube of Savlon, and a box
    of half used plasters, and that’s probably about it! Then you have like a
    family kit or a traditional green or red bag kit, which will have quite a lot of
    necessities, or like me I have quite an advanced first aid kit. I always have
    done, I went around the world backpacking when I was 20 and I thought it was
    important because I went on my own, to have a good first-aid kit. So it stemmed
    from then. Since then, I have worked for 999, the emergency services, in the
    British Telecom call centres, so taking the 999 calls and dealing with those, and
    then of course whilst working for BBC News I’ve been out with many fire engine
    crews, ambulance crews, police crews and air ambulance. I was with them for two
    weeks and I got to see a lot of different surgical scenarios, where
    people have impaled themselves, they’ve cut themselves
    and all sorts of different levels. So I’ve always kept a good first-aid kit.
    With my first-aid kit, I have four main areas. The front pocket has things
    like scissors, gloves, wipes, antiseptic wipes, the sorts of things that you would
    need first of all. The middle larger pocket, top left has saline solution.
    They’re in tubes, so I can quickly get them out and flush out either an eye if I’ve
    got something in my eye, or flush out a wound. Clean it, much better to use saline
    solution than water for example. On the right hand side of the first-aid kit
    I have melolin wound dressing, I’ve got eye patches. I’ve got PFA dressings which
    would go directly on a wound, all different sizes, from quite small to
    medium to large. I’ve also got a an emergency bandage. At the back of the
    main section, I have a good first aid manual. It’s from St. Johns Ambulance and
    it’s the tenth edition and it’s quite detailed in all sorts of different areas.
    In the left pocket I have all of my sterile bandages and fabric dressing and
    triangular bandage for arms and that sort of thing. And then the final pocket
    is not for me, final pocket on the right hand side is
    actually a first aid kit for Molly. You never know when dogs are going to get
    injured. I had a previous Labrador called Sash,
    and we were just out for a walk and she obviously trod on some glass or
    something sharp and she sliced one of her pads on her foot, clean in
    half, limping away, when I got her back to home and I got out my
    dog first aid kit and we sealed up the pad, I cleaned it all out and I put a
    bandage on and it healed up really nicely. Of
    course injuries with humans and dogs are very similar, but the bandages have to be
    a little bit more robust because dogs have a habit of wanting to bite them off.
    So that’s in the right hand side. Now, I also have a small first aid kit for when
    I go out walking. Really tiny, fits into a pocket or hangs off a belt. It’s got all
    main essential so, scissors, antiseptic, melolin dressing, a bandage, a bit of
    antiseptic cream, some tweezers, plasters, all sorts of things that you would need
    if you were out walking across the field or out in the woods. Nice and simple. If I
    was out in the middle of nowhere and this incident occurred, I would have
    to deal with it myself. Part of my first-aid kit I do have some
    sutra stitches, which are basically very, very sticky, tacky strips. You
    would, I would wash out the wound, pull the wound closer together and sutra
    stitch over the wound and that would enable me, a bit longer to either move
    the boat to an area where I could go to an emergency ward, or to an area where I
    could get to a road and call a taxi or get on a bus. It’s exactly the same as
    other stitches but it would just take longer to heal. All of those sorts of
    things I do have in my first-aid kit because you just don’t know what’s going
    to happen, with me on my own, I could be out in the wilderness. I like traveling
    out & mooring up in rolling countryside, my mum always takes the mickey out of me,
    because I say rolling countryside, so that’s for you mum! But I like mooring up
    in areas where there’s no one around, where there’s no vehicles, where it’s
    lovely and quiet. However those areas, when you have an
    incident away and you have an emergency, are a little bit more tricky to deal
    with. Now, a mobile phone, when you dial 999,
    which is the UK emergency number or 112 which is the pan-european
    emergency number, both of those go through to the same call centre. I know
    that because I used to work in that call centre. Neither has preferential
    treatment over others, it’s a bit of a myth that if you ring 112, you
    get through quicker, it doesn’t, it goes through exactly the same. If you looked
    at your phone and I’m with EE and I could see there was absolutely no
    reception, there is a system within the United Kingdom called ‘camped on’. That
    means whenever you dial 112 or 999, it will use other services mobile phone
    reception. So for example, if I had nothing on EE, I could dial 999 and if
    there was a neighbouring network available, for example Vodafone, it would
    use that service and that’s called a ‘camped on’ service. They can’t phone you,
    you can’t phone anyone else but it’s purely there for 112 or 999 emergency
    calls. Now a couple of years ago, I took my previous dog Sash for a walk, I was miles
    and miles and miles away, I like going on sort of quite rural walks with with the
    dog. Sometimes I camp out overnight, get a
    little Jerry stove and all that sort of thing. I went for a walk,
    fell down this bank. It was almost like sliding down the bank into like a
    scruff area, where there was some woods and I thought to myself, as I sat in a
    bit of a heap at the bottom, I wonder what would actually happen here if I had
    broken my leg, or I had broken my femur or I’d broken my arm, or something quite
    drastic. I had no mobile phone reception and it was probably quite likely that
    there was no other coverage there, so how on earth would I get out of that
    scenario? Yes I could drag myself up the bank but then what do I do? I can’t drag
    myself for miles and miles, especially if I’ve got a broken femur or
    an open wound somewhere and it occurred to me,
    what on earth would I do? Exactly the same scenario if I fell in the engine
    bay or I fell over something in the boat or I fell down on the towpath, but
    miles and miles from anywhere. I have one final emergency get-out bit of kit, and
    that is my SPOT. The device is battery-powered and there
    are five different buttons on it. You can enable the GPS tracking and it’ll update a
    Google map of my position at set intervals. The OK button can be used as a
    check-in, to say you’re about to set off and here is my map location for example. The
    custom message button could be for arrival info. If there was a non
    life-threatening situation but I needed help, I can use the help button. I could
    press this and it could let my contacts know I needed help and give my exact
    location via GPS satellite. In the event of a life-or-death emergency, I can lift
    the right flap and press the red SOS button. The GEOS International Emergency
    Coordination Centre provides my GPS coordinates and information to local
    response teams. It’s for emergencies only. But does give me and my family that
    final peace of mind that I can get help if nothing else works. I’m not saying you
    need all or any of the items if you plan to live afloat. I’m just indicating what
    I have and why I feel it’s important to be prepared when navigating on my own, in
    rural locations. All the items I’ve discussed are detailed in the
    description below. So if I have an accident again, let’s hope I don’t, but if
    I do I’m pretty sure I have all my bases covered. I either have a very good
    emergency kit, I’ve got a mobile phone that can ring or if worst case scenario,
    I’ve got my SPOT. So let’s hope it doesn’t happen again and let’s just
    crack on with getting the rest of the episodes out. My knee is
    fixing up quite nicely, I let it breathe and it’s healing, doesn’t really hurt
    anymore but it has stopped me from bending over and doing quite as much, but
    that shouldn’t be for too long and hopefully the next episode will be back
    to normal.

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    I get a telling off from an Angry Boater at Fradley Junction!

    September 23, 2019


    Good morning. Well I spent the night last
    night here in the village of Alrewas. I think that’s how you say, I’m gonna
    have to ask a local to find out for sure. Apparently the village I stayed at last
    night was called Alrewas. You miss out the L completely. I am going to aim to
    get through Fradley Junction this morning. Even though it’s still quite
    early at the moment quite a lot of boats have gone past, probably about five. One really,
    really early. Sort of about half past five, which is quite early for narrowboaters
    and there’s no time limit on when you can travel. You can travel all the way
    through the night if you like, it’s a bit like driving on a motorway or a
    road, there’s no time restrictions. You’ve just got to be aware of noise and how
    fast you’re going. Like I’m going at tick over and it’s not causing any wake and
    that’s really, especially early in the morning that’s really what you should be
    doing because otherwise people will not only get out of their boat angry, they
    will get out their boat angry and tired which is what you don’t want! [Music] I left the village of Alrewas and
    headed southeast in a relatively straight line to the five locks at
    Fradley Junction. I stopped here for a hot drink and carried on towards Handsacre
    and then the larger town of Rugeley, Armitage Shanks has a factory here, where
    they manufacture bathroom fixtures right next to the Trent & Mersey Canal. Once through
    the town, I make a tight, right turn over Brindley Bank Aqueduct and moor up
    just before Woolsley Bridge. There’s a long stretch of canal before
    Common Lock and I can see lots of activity at the lock. A boat has just
    come out of the lock and it’s only a narrow lock so it won’t take very long to
    fill but I don’t know if they will wait for me,
    or if they will see if they can get another boat through, down and out before I
    get there. Yeah, they are squeezing another boat through so I’ve just slowed
    down a bit, no hassle I don’t want to stress them out by going right up to the
    the lock and I can see the other boat is gradually going down in the lock. So by
    the time I get there, hopefully they will have been down enough open the gates and
    out to come and then in I go. There are volunteers on all *five locks at Fradley
    which is fantastic. [Music] You can’t come through Fradley Junction
    without stopping off at the cafe here. Really early in the mornings it’s great
    for breakfasts. I don’t know if this is the same for other dogs but Molly is
    very, very affectionate. Whenever she lies down she has to be physically touching
    me in some way, either a leg or bit of a back. If heaven forbid I move my leg,
    she sort of shuffles over so she’s got some sort of contact and she’s doing it
    right now. Well that was a very nice coffee at Fradley Junction nice break
    and now it’s time to continue sort of south and then west and then south again. If I’m going up in a narrow lock like this on
    my own, I usually butt the the front of the boat
    up against the plate on the gate and I just have the boat in slight tick over,
    so it keeps it nudged up against the gate. Whenever I’m going through and
    other people are putting me through the lock, I tend to do the opposite and nudge
    up against the the gate at the back, or the stern and keep the boat ever so
    slightly in reverse. So therefore they can just open the paddles as much as
    they like and let lots of water gush in and it speeds us through the lock quicker.
    So if I turn left here it goes on to the Coventry Canal which leads down through
    Tamworth and the bottom of the Ashby Canal and the Oxford Canal and obviously
    down to Coventry but today I’m carrying straight on. Well that was Fradley Junction. I think
    realistically, that’s probably the busiest that junction has ever been for
    me to go through. Some people have said that there’s anything up to three hours
    wait sometimes but luckily, I only had one boat to wait for and I just helped
    them through and that was fine but I’m through now and the rain has held off,
    the clouds around do look like a bit of rain but I don’t think it’s going to
    today so hopefully I’ll have a really nice day. Oh dear, I’ve just been told off by an
    angry boater. Remember I’m solo going through a lock
    and when you have a volunteer sometimes you offer to get off the boat
    and the volunteer says no stay on it because it speeds things up. This one I
    didn’t get off and because I didn’t, the boater that was coming down shouted at
    me. Now there were two on his boat so he’s used to dealing with the lock
    whilst the other person navigates. With me, I have to get up on the roof, get up
    out of the lock to help and that just slows everything down. Now yes, he was
    right I didn’t help the lock keeper in this instance and I did apologise but
    it’s a tough call to make sometimes. Sometimes you do it
    and everyone’s annoyed that you’re slowing them down because you’re up and
    down ladders and you’re on your own, and then sometimes you get up there and the
    lock-keeper says stay down on the boat. So anyway. [Music] In a couple of videos ago a couple of
    people asked me about Molly and did she have a bed or a blanket to lie down on.
    Well funny you should say that because I’ve gone through all of those scenarios.
    She’s had her bed out here, she’s had a blanket to lie on and every single time
    she pushes it aside and lies on the wooden or metal floor. I don’t know if
    it’s because of the warmth from the engine below but she prefers that rather
    than lying on her blanket. It’s even got to the extent of once she sort of pushed
    her blanket into the canal, which I obviously then had to fish out but I’ve
    tried all that. She likes sleeping on the hard surface! At Bridge 61A it gets really, really
    narrow and you have to sort of walk ahead to see if there’s anyone coming in
    the opposite direction because there’s a bit of a tight turn and there’s only
    enough space for one boat it feels a bit like a tunnel. Remember the television aerial I had as
    well as the Wi-Fi aerial or the cellular mobile reception aerial?
    Lots of people were saying that because the TV aerial was at the top and the
    Wi-Fi was further down the pole, the pole would cause interference and not let it
    work as much. I’ve changed all of that around. I did have the TV aerial on the
    pole but the pole became quite heavy because the TV aerial was quite large it
    got caught under a bridge and nearly speared me whilst I was travelling just
    north of Oxford so I took the TV aerial off and it was all bent and twisted
    because he got stuck under the bridge. So that’s gone. I’ve gone back to my MaxView
    aerial which has got an amplifier with it and it works really nicely and
    all I’ve got on the pole now, to make it nice and light is the mobile phone
    reception aerial, or the Wi-Fi aerial as I call it. I have just done a speed check, I
    do it every time I moor up, just to see if there’s going to be problems or not
    because obviously I need to get online and the internet speeds both up and down
    here are fantastic and that is good because tomorrow and the next day is
    supposed to be very heavy rain and I don’t want to travel, so I’m gonna be
    busy editing the next vlog. It’s not like you to bark. So whilst Molly runs up and down the
    towpath and enjoys the summer evening, I’m gonna say hello to the wildlife and
    until next time, I’ll see you later. You can’t just push in whilst I’m saying
    hello to the ducklings.

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    Rain, Drone Crash & Wasps on Staff & Worc Canal

    August 30, 2019


    Good morning. I wasn’t going to travel
    today but it’s always the way, whenever there’s rain forecast, it doesn’t rain. At Great Hayward I’ll leave the Trent &
    Mersey Canal in the rain and join the Staffordshire and Worcestershire Canal.
    My route curves around Weeping Cross where to the northwest is the town of
    Stafford. I’ll moor up just around the corner from Stafford Boat Club for the
    night. Then i’ll continue south neighbouring the
    busy M6 motorway and through the market town of Penkridge winding my way past
    Gaily Bridge and Hatherton Marina. I’ll then moor up just before
    Moat House Bridge. [Music] So I’m at Little Haywood now. The rain
    has continued. Now, some people will laugh at the fact that Molly stays on the back
    of the boat with me. Now, whenever she’s inside and I’m traveling, she has a
    right old fuss. She sits right up at the front door and she’s puffing and panting and
    she dribbles all over the floor. Basically, because she wants to be out on
    the stern with me. She really doesn’t mind getting wet, it’s not a particularly
    cold day today and I’m sure she will enjoy a good rubdown with a towel later. [Music] Everything is very damp and all the
    clothing’s wet and Molly’s wet. Well that’s the last lock on the Trent &
    Mersey for me. Just up ahead at Great Haywood I’m gonna be turning left onto
    this Staffordshire and Worcestershire Canal and that will take me all the way
    down to the River Severn. Okay, so the trick is to pivot the point at the
    middle of the boat. If you try turning too soon, well, no.
    It’s more than a 95 degree turn I must say. It’s more like 100, 110. It sort of
    doubles back on yourself. Let’s see. Yes I did it. Hard thrust of Alice and
    I’ve been able to swing round and avoid all that Anglo-welsh narrowboats that
    are ready to be hired which are all sticking out in the water and haven’t touched
    anything, which I’m really surprised at. I love it when canals turn into
    aqueducts and water goes over water. Up until now, I’ve been heading sort of
    northwest towards Stafford but just at this corner it now turns with Weeping
    Cross on the left the river and then Stafford on the other side of the valley
    and now I’m heading south. [Music] This really is what narrowboating is all
    about. Waking up to a fantastic views like this really early in the morning
    and setting off for a day. [Music] This is really nice to see, the banks of
    the canal covered in lots and lots of different types of wildflowers and the
    really good thing is, is the Canal and River Trust, or whoever they employ to
    cut the glass, hasn’t cut them all down. They’ve cut the grass bits but not where
    the flowers are, it’s a really pretty. [Music] Over the last couple of weeks I’ve had
    quite a lot of comments asking me how I plan my journeys. Are there maps, are
    there guides. Well yes there are. A guide that you’ll
    find on a lot of norrowboat holidays is the Pearson Canal Companion guide. It’s a
    map, it’s artistically drawn and that gives a really good analysis of the
    canal that you’re traveling on. It will give you all of the bridges and the
    local amenities and the things of interest to go and look at. I have used
    those but I prefer a more of a map style and I use the Collins Nicholson
    Waterways Guide. There’s a whole range of different books, I will include all these
    books in the description below but the Collins guides are more ordnance survey
    style maps and they give a slightly wider picture around the canals.
    Important for me whilst I’m driving because I need to know roads and towns,
    and where I can park the car. So those are the two map type of books. There are
    lots of others, but those are the two ones that I’ve used. Now online, I
    whenever I’m planning a journey I will first of all look at the Canal & River
    Trust map. I will then look at the Canal & River Trust stoppages map which
    gives a good indication of lock closures, maintenance, things where they’ve had to
    stop the navigation or stop the towpath. If I want to find out how long it’ll
    take me to get from A to B on a canal including locks, including flows of river
    and that sort of thing, I use a website called CanalPlanAC. I’ll put a link in
    the description also. You can put various different locations in and you can put
    waypoints and all sorts and it’ll give you a very accurate I found time and
    itinerary. You can print them off and it will also integrate with the Canal &
    River Trust and tell you about stoppages, it’s very good website.
    And then the last thing I will use is good old Google Maps. I will use the
    satellite map to zoom in on different areas where can I moor. Where has armco,
    which is this metal railing you can just about see that on some Google maps. Where
    I can park the car. Where I can get the car close to the boat. So I use a mixture
    of both paper and online maps. Just coming around the corner there and
    there were lots of high weeds, these weeds and there was another boat coming
    in the opposite direction. So that was a really good opportunity for me to use my
    horn. I’m not one of these people that will use the horn all the time. I’m just
    aware of other boat, they might be having a nice lie in. I didn’t want to wake them
    up but this boat was quite a lot on to my side and I didn’t know if they’d seen
    me. So I gave two little tiny blasts of the horn. It’s not an aggressive blast
    like a big ‘brrrr’ would for me, because be classed as a bit of aggressive and I don’t
    want to be that. I just wanted to alert them, the fact that I was there and true enough,
    they didn’t really realise I was there and as soon as they could hear my horn,
    they moved over. So this lock is quite interesting.
    There’s no bollard for you two moor up on. So if you’re solo navigating and you
    have to leave the boat in the windy conditions to operate the lock,
    anything could happen to it. So I’ve got to keep an eye on the boat as well as
    the lock on this one. [Music] Oh dear. Poor Molly. She was lying on the
    towpath eating a stick and she just so happened to lie on top of I think, a
    wasp’s nest and she started running around. You know when dogs have flies or
    something that land on them and they sort of go a bit mad, she was running
    around and there was a wasp on her head, and one on her back, and one on her leg.
    They weren’t doing anything, they were just sort of sitting there. So I came
    over and flicked them off but she went up and down in a bit of ‘whoooo’. She’s
    perfectly fine. She’s just a little bit wary of coming back out on the towpath
    this evening. Anyway, I’ve moored up. It’s been a long day’s cruising today.
    There were some very dark rain clouds right behind me for most of the
    afternoon and I was thinking shall I moor up – shall I not, shall I moor
    up – shall I not and I’m pleased I didn’t, because I found this perfect place. She’s
    going over to where the wasps are>’Molly’, come on, at this end, they’ll only attack
    you. Yeah I’ll show you them in a second but I’m pleased I’ve moored up here.
    It’s extremely quiet, lovely countryside you wouldn’t think that I’m just north
    of Wolverhampton but I’m gonna moor up here for the night and I’m gonna see if
    I can get some nice time-lapse, and probably do some editing and watch
    a bit of telly. But until next time, see you later.

    How To Dock In 4 Simple Steps | BoatUS
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    How To Dock In 4 Simple Steps | BoatUS

    August 15, 2019


    Hi, I’m Mike Vatalaro, Executive
    Editor at BoatUS Magazine. I’m here today on my boat to show you a real simple
    method for bringing your boat alongside a dock or bulkhead. This is for stern
    drive or outboard power boats. There are basically four simple steps and I’m going to take
    you through it right now. Okay, so, I told you there was four simple steps. Step one
    is to line up your approach. Step two is to come in slow. Step three is to time
    your swing. And step four is the flourishing finish. Here we go. Step one:
    lining up your approach. This is where your judgment comes in. If you’ve got
    wind or current behind you, you want to come in fairly shallow to help you stay
    off the dock. If you got wind or current against you, you’re going to need to come
    in a little steeper in order to carry more momentum to finish the docking. So
    if you notice I’m bumping the engines in and out of gear. I’ve got a fairly stiff
    wind behind me today so it’s going to help me along. So I’m just bumping an
    engine in and out of gear to keep my headway pretty limited. So, step two: come
    in slow. Never approach a dock any faster than you’re willing to hit it. So, with
    this wind behind me, that’s probably about all the headway I need. Now I’m
    aiming for about the center of where I want to tie alongside the dock. This
    wind is carrying me in pretty good. I’m just gonna give it one more little bump.
    And step three is to time your swing. I’m about a boat length away and I’m going
    to swing the wheel hard to starboard. Now this is all for a port side tide,
    so this starboard turn – a little kick of engine just to get it to swing. Now my
    stern is going to port, and as I’m about parallel with the dock, I’m going to roll
    the wheel all the way back to port. That’s the flourishing finish, step four.
    Throw that engine in reverse. And if you notice, I’m now coming right along
    side and I’m parallel to the dock. Now, with this little bit of breeze, it’s
    gonna carry me right in to where I wanted at the dock. You can reach out, grab a
    piling, grab a line, and I’m all set to tie up. Thanks for watching. For more
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