Up against it
Having read your article on how to moor a boat to rocks (YM, October 2017), I thought that readers might be interested in my method of berthing alongside a dock wall singlehanded. I’ve done this successfully many times over the years.
Come alongside a ladder and secure temporarily to a rung. Take lines ashore and make fast on long scopes. Weights hung halfway along the warps will minimise adjustment. Full cans are best but small anchors, chums or chain are alternatives.
Take a rope and attach it to a rung near the top of the wall. Thread the other end through the thimble of a lizard (a short rope with a thimbled eye). A shackle or bowline can be used instead but the latter may twist. Near low water, pass the end of the rope under the lowest practical rung, pull it tight and secure to a rung above the high water mark. Take a turn round the mast with the tail of the lizard and make fast. This can then run up and down with the tide, stopping the boat falling away from the wall.
The photo shows my Elizabethan 23 Reservation dried out with the offshore leg rigged as a precaution.
Jim Mottram shares how he berths alongside a dock wall while singlehanding