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received this letter from Claire Miller who took a Docking Class with Captain Joe
Kliment in October 2007:
I wanted to thank you for a great docking class experience. I learned a lot from
your instruction. But even more importantly, you gave me the confidence to
dock my own boat last weekend. I ran a mini docking class for myself on
Sunday in Swan Creek. The poor kayakers really were giving me looks as I
practiced my standing turns. After practicing in the mooring fields of Swan
Creek Marina, I ran the gauntlet to the Haven Harbor fuel dock. I brought that
boat in sweetly and laid her against that dock as gently as you please. My exit
was a little more exciting but without calamity. I'll have to try the warp
line next time.
Then I docked my boat in the slip, stern to! It took me a couple of tries
to get it in. On the second try, I lined her up and backed in. Unfortunately,
the wind caught the bow. I told my husband to grab the line on the piling and
wrap it around the stern cleat. Lo and behold, that warp line, brought the stern
around and I was able to back the rest of the way in. My husband was impressed.
Thank you for helping to build my confidence and giving me the knowledge about
how to maneuver a boat in tight spaces. I actually looked forward to docking the
boat because I knew that I could do it. My only regret is that I waited 11
years to overcome my fear. But it feels great to have taken the challenge head
on and to follow through with practice on my own boat.
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