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  1. #1
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    Default Finger pontoons& stern too?

    Weíre currently on a finger berth, what Iíd call a 3/4 finger as it donít go the complete length of the boat

    The majority go in bow first as we do, there is a tiny triangle against the main pontoon but our stern would fit in there without catching the triangle

    There are a few odd ones which berth stern to here too, but were thinking maybe we could stern to long term too.

    Why? Well itís just easier to get on/off the boat no other reason ( mainly for our parents when they visit)

    But why donít everyone do it? Am I missing something? As long as I set my strops up it will be just as secure as bow in, is it just an etiquette thing? Iím not bothered about privacy etc as I normal take the boat out somewhere rather that sit at home on it

    Am I missing something, is bow in more secure or something?

  2. #2
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    Default Re: Finger pontoons& stern too?

    I suspect it’s down to the fact that it’s easier to berth the boat bows first than it is to reverse the boat into the berth.

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    Default Re: Finger pontoons& stern too?

    In my marina all the pontoons are 3/4 with that reinforcing triangle and everyone berths stern to, I assume for easy access from the stern.

    Richard

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    Default Re: Finger pontoons& stern too?

    Quote Originally Posted by duncan99210 View Post
    I suspect it’s down to the fact that it’s easier to berth the boat bows first than it is to reverse the boat into the berth.
    Exactly. In the Mediterranean it is always the Northern Europeans who berth bows-to and try to justify it with talk of improved privacy. Those who have been brought up to stern-to always use this method. Learning to go stern-to takes some practice and is not easy with older boats but well worthwhile. The benefits of stern-to, with a modified boat if necessary, are immense.
    Answers to some technical queries at new website http://coxeng.co.uk

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    Default Re: Finger pontoons& stern too?

    Same here. Always stern to if I possibly can, not least because we have a drop transom and that's a winner.
    Graham. Bavaria 42 Vision, "Scala"

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    Default Re: Finger pontoons& stern too?

    It really isn't significantly more difficult reversing into a pontoon berth than it is reversing out of it, so just preference.

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    Default Re: Finger pontoons& stern too?

    Direction might depend on where the sun sets - always seems better to h ave the sunset into the cockpit in our northern waters .

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    Default Re: Finger pontoons& stern too?

    Stern to with transom hung rudder can get a bit iffy. Also, bows to with a nice big old fender to stop you is a lazy way of doing it.

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    Default Re: Finger pontoons& stern too?

    Really depends what side of the boat I want to inspect.
    Cynical Scottish almost retired engineer.

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    Default Re: Finger pontoons& stern too?

    Stern to:
    Plus:
    Can stop more adroitly when entering,.
    Don't decapitate people with the anchor.
    Perhaps more sociable.
    Boarding ladder may work as a passerelle. If not make one.
    Don't have to walk full length of wobbly pontoon to get aboard.
    Sunset?
    Easier to leave.
    Better angles on bow lines
    Less chance of stepping into the gap left by bow in-between pontoons.
    Wash pontoon and passers by with soot and oily water when starting engine or pumping out bilges. Careful timing may be required ;0)

    Negatives:
    Have to reverse in, but the engine is warm and a run up may be possible.
    Maybe less sociable?
    Sunset?
    Cockpit less visible to ne'er do wells, but equally they can hide while creating mischief.
    Rudder may ground while coming in.
    Transom hung rudder or boarding ladder may require big fenders at stern. (But ship it to keep it clear of fouling and for a less cluttered cockpit.)


    And so on...

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