Yachting

EQUIPMENT AS AN EXTRA HAND

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Nearly every short-handed skipper can make use of bow and stern thrusters when docking. “We use Glendinnin­g proportion­al hydraulic thrusters,” says Jeff Druek, president of Outer Reef Yachts, “so we can nail the boat alongside the dock while you get the lines on. They’re a huge, huge plus.” ¶ Beyond hydraulics, look for thruster joysticks that can be locked in the “on” position while the skipper leaves the helm to handle lines.

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