News Home Video Gallery Newsletters Photo Gallery Cruising Int
Sail-World.com : Master the Magic of Your Boat's 'Pivot Point'
Master the Magic of Your Boat's 'Pivot Point'


'Natural Pivot Point - Use your sailboat's 'natural' pivot point location to make a turn around a piling, approach a pier, avoid contact with another boat. An exception would be if you attempt to recover a person or object from the water; see below for more details.'    Captain John Jamieson

Imagine one magic point located along the side of your sailboat that could help you make maneuvering decisions with more precision. Need to pivot your boat around a piling, approach a pier or seawall with pinpoint accuracy, turn your boat 'on a dime' into a tight boat slip, or maneuver in an instant to avoid collision with a million dollar yacht?

Use Your Sailboat's 'Natural' Pivot Point :
All boats and ships, no matter their size, have a spot along each side called a 'pivot point'. I like to refer to this as the vessel's 'natural' pivot point. No matter what your speed, or the conditions of wind or current, this natural pivot point will remain in the same place.

Use your boat's natural pivot point to:
* Approach a pier or seawall with accuracy.
* Time your turn into a tight boat slip.
* Turn your boat to enter a narrow channel.
* Avoid a collision with another boat or object.
* Plan recovery for a person or object overboard.

Think of the natural pivot point as an imaginary point near the beam of your boat. In forward propulsion, pivot point will shift a bit toward the bow. In reverse propulsion, pivot point shifts a bit toward the stern. Your boat will pivot around this point when you turn the wheel or push the tiller over to one side.

Note in the illustration how we make a starboard turn around a life-ring in the water. We hold the wheel hard to starboard (or push the tiller hard to port) and shift into forward propulsion. Project an imaginary line from a point near the beam to the life-ring.

Look at each position around the turning-circle and you will see how the natural pivot point never changes. Anywhere along the circle, you can still project a line from near the beam of the boat to the object off the beam. Use this secret in boat handling to turn your boat around a piling, avoid contact with another boat, or line up for an approach to a pier or slip.

Also, remember this little-known fact about pivot point in an overboard sailing emergency. Look at the illustration and imagine that was a person in the water in the center of the circle. Notice how the boat would make a continuous loop around the person. If the person was conscious and uninjured and could assist in the recovery, this may be advantageous (i.e. the Life-Sling method or a similar approach).

But...

If the person in the water was unconscious or injured and unable to assist in the recovery, you would need to fall off and make another approach. Keep the person forward of the beam on the approach and out of the pivot-point area. That way, you will be able to bring the boat closer to them for recovery.

Create Your Own 'Artificial' Pivot Point:

Artificial Pivot Point - Use an artificial pivot point to put you in control of the docking or undocking maneuver from start to finish. Note the rudder position as the skipper uses forward propulsion to bring the stern in. Keep tension on the spring line for control. -  Captain John Jamieson   Click Here to view large photo

When docking alongside a pier or seawall you will use spring lines. As you learned, springs are attached to a specific point along the side of your boat. When you do this, you create an 'artificial' pivot point. The artificial pivot point will override your boat's natural pivot point. This puts you in total control of the docking maneuver!

Use an artificial pivot point to:
* Work your boat into a narrow space between two boats.
* Dock your boat with precision in wind or current.
* Un-dock your boat with complete control.
* Slide your boat smooth and easy in or out of a slip.
* Control your boat in heavy weather inside a narrow marina.

In the illustration, you have decided to make the port bow cleat the 'artificial' pivot point. As soon as you belay the spring line to a shore side piling and have your bow resting against the pier (with proper fenders in place), turn your wheel hard to starboard (or hold the tiller hard to port).

Next, you shift your engine into forward propulsion at the slowest speed possible. This places a strain onto the spring line (in this case an after bow spring). Note how the boat pivots around the artificial pivot point (boat cleat).

The bow pivots to the right, which brings the stern flush alongside the pier smooth and easy (see Chapter 8 to learn more about docking or un-docking your boat in wind and current).

Now you know how the pros use the dynamic-duo of natural and artificial pivot points to dock, undock, and maneuver your boat with confidence. Put these docking tips into practice aboard your sailing boat and in no time, you will be 'wowing' your friends with your smooth and effortless boat handling abilities--wherever in the world you choose to sail!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

John Jamieson (Captain John) with 25+ years of experience shows you the no-nonsense cruising skills you need for safer sailing worldwide. Visit his website at www.skippertips.com. Sign up for the Free, highly popular weekly 'Captain John's Sailing Tip-of-the-Week'. Discover how you can gain instant access to hundreds of sailing articles, videos, and e-Books!


by John Jamieson

  

Click on the FB Like link to post this story to your FB wall

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=115060

11:01 PM Thu 26 Sep 2013GMT


Click here for printer friendly version
Click here to send us feedback or comments about this story.







Cruising USA

A case of crossed wires? A shocking situation! by Stuart Carruthers, RYA Cruising Manager,










Canal Boating in the Alsace with the Galley Guys by Greg Nicoll with John Armstrong,


World ARC fleet arrives in Darwin by World Cruising Club,






Where in the world are our strongest corals? by Hanny Rivera - Cohen's Lab,








Barnacle Busting by Neil and Ley Langford,


From Penguins to Polar Bears by Cherie Winner,




Polar research: Six priorities for Antarctic science by Mahlon C. Kennicutt II and colleagues,




NCI granted dedicated VHF Channel by National Coastwatch,


Positive news for cruising boats in Greece by The Cruising Association,




















Risks to penguin populations continues by British Antarctic Survey,




Follow these tips when anchoring by Alex and Daria Blackwell,


Galley Guys meet the Spice Lady by Greg Nicoll, Andy Adams and John Armstrong,


North American Rally to the Caribbean - Get prepared to head south
If all else fails read the instructions!!
ARC Baltic fleet cruising and anchoring in the Finnish archipelago
Phuket Yacht Show: new kid on the block taking on PIMEX? *Feature
Vanuatu Customs making life easier for visiting cruising yachts
Baltic 4 Nations rally is now in full swing
Tropical Storm Bertha expected to become a typhoon
Flags at Sea, an infographic by John Tissott
Cruising lessons from ocean racers
Procedures set out for waterborne visitors to Vanuatu
17-year-old RNLI volunteer saves child in first rescue mission + Video
Teen names latest RNLI Shannon class lifeboat in Poole + Video
Fascinating opportunity with OceansWatch
Fake GPS signals detected when cruising the high seas
Our new Cruising Editor editor remembers his first offshore adventure
Blue Planet Odyssey - Jimmy Cornell playing catch up on North West Pa
World ARC 2014 reaches Australia
Venezuelan Port Control lift recent port restrictions.
Seismic survey ship operating north of Aruba and Curacao
Predictwind helps you pick the best time to depart
Watch this whale lift a Kayak clear out of the water   
World ARC reaches half-way point in Australia   
Northern Scotland: Voyage to Orkney and Shetland Isles (Part 2) *Feature   
Drowning or electric shock? What you need to know to help save a life   
Costa Concordia - the $2.25 billion salvage operation ready to begin   
Northern Scotland: Voyage to Orkney and Shetland Isles, more photos *Feature   
Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show - New location and attractions   
Long Island waters could become more taxing this summer   
4.8 million Legos all at sea   
Tranquil, colourful and funky, Genoa Bay is a must stop for West Coast *Feature   
Scientist pioneered tracer to reveal hidden ocean flows   
Sail-World 2.0 - the Beta version- Please take a look   
Dredging activity near corals can increase frequency of diseases   
World ARC heading out of the Pacific   
Understanding the Ocean's role in Greenland Glacier melt   
Desolation Sound added to Salish Sea Pilot free cruising guides   
Three Defensive Docking Strategies for Sailors   
Revealing report on Search for American yacht Nina released *Feature   
PredictWind's Weather Routing opens your navigation options - try it!   
Sail-World Cruising Founding Editor Nancy Knudsen says farewell   


For this week's complete news stories select    Last 7 Days
   Search All News
For last month's complete news stories select    Last 30 Days
   Archive News







Sail-World.com  


















Switch Default Region to:

Social Media

Asia

Australia

Canada

Europe

New Zealand

United Kingdom


http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/Twitter_logo_small.png http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/FaceBook-icon.png  

United States

Cruising Northern

Cruising Southern

MarineBusiness World

PowerBoat World

FishingBoating World

 

Contact

Commercial

News

Search

Contact Us

Advertisers Information

Submit news/events

Search Stories/Text

Feedback

Advertisers Directory

Newsletter Archive

Photo Gallery

 

Banner Advertising Details

Newsletter Subscribe

Video Gallery

Policies

 

 

 

Privacy Policy

 

 


Cookie Policy

 

 



This site and its contents are © Copyright TetraMedia and/or the original author, photographer etc. All Rights Reserved.  Photographs are copyright by law.  If you wish to use or buy a photograph contact the photographer directly.
XLXL VIR Cru USA
LocalAds   DE  ES  FR  IT