Technical

Catamaran basics Leaving the quay under engine

Published on 01 april 2015 at 0h00

Create a notification for "Technical"

1) Identify the dangers, the conditions – tide, current, wind – and work out your strategy. Here the current on the beam pushing the boat onto the quay obliges us to pivot the boat.

Leaving the quay under engine step 1

2) To go from the boat to the dock, use the sugar scoops rather than jumping from the side decks. Our catamarans’ hulls are high – a sprained ankle would spoil your cruise, wouldn’t it?

Leaving the quay under engine step 2

3) Unplug the electricity and disconnect the hosepipe. Don’t laugh, many hardened skippers have forgotten…

Leaving the quay under engine step 3

4) We protect the stern or the bow with a big fender, depending on the chosen maneuver. It’s preferable to clear the stern, but here a monohull is moored just behind; go for the bow!

Leaving the quay under engine step 4

5) Tidy up: no lines lying around on the sugar scoops or on the edge of the trampoline. It’s not the moment to get a line caught in one of the two propellers.

Leaving the quay under engine step 5

6) Engine on! Start the one furthest away from you, then the nearest, so you can hear them – and the opposite when you turn them off – then check the exhausts, which should be spitting water steadily.

Leaving the quay under engine step 6

7) Cast off the slack mooring lines – they serve no purpose – and double up the others so you can recover them from the boat.

Leaving the quay under engine step 7

8) Play with the throttles! Thanks to the two engines, pivoting your catamaran is child’s play. All the mooring lines are cast off; just one line at the stern still holds the boat attached to the quay.

Leaving the quay under engine step 8

9) Once the optimum angle is reached, the aft line is cast off and the starboard engine, which is already in forward ...

Log in

Password forgotten ?

Become a member

Become a Multihulls World Community Member for free and get exclusive benefits

Become a member

Share this article