All over the United States, as well as across the globe, many boaters put their crafts in what is known as boat slips. What we call the sea’s narrow “parking spaces” are a bit larger than the boat that space holds. Boat slips also give boaters a somewhat reasonable option for storage in a marina. Boat slips get commonly edged with a few poles that get driven beneath the water. These slips require a bit of skill to maneuver and each boat has their own unique marine system.

1st Step: Slowly come to the marina in your boat so that you don’t make a wave. Ensure that your speed is above an idle that, when you coast into your marina with boats, will tend to feel a lot faster. Put your boat’s engine in neutral while you sit at a minimum of 100 feet from your slip. Then coast the remainder of the wat on the momentum that you built while you were going in the slip.

2nd Step: Position your boat’s wheel towards the slip when you get within at least a boat’s length of the space. When your boat coasts, it won’t react as fast as it usually does. Therefore, you will need to exaggerate the turn so that it heads in the correct direction. Make sure that the nose of the boat faces the back of your intended slip. Put your hand on the boat’s throttle for any adjustments that you might need to make. If you made a perfect turn, your boat’s back end should slide a bit. This sliding will make your boat parallel to the posts. When you get to this point, you should go to the next step. If this didn’t happen, go to step 4. 

3rd step: At this point, you can wait until your boat floats into its position, or you can hold onto the poles and slide in your boat by pulling and pushing it when needed. Just get ready to stop your boat with your own hands or some reverse thrust with your boat’s throttle before you hit the wall. 

4th step: If you operate your boat by yourself, take your boat’s throttle and steer it to correct your slide. You will only need to touch your stick slightly. It can even cause problems if you overdo it. Bursting forward will slide your boat further if the wheel is in the slip-ward position. A backward burst with your wheel positioned in the opposing direction will make your boat pull from the entrance of the slip and straighten on its own. If you have an experienced guest on the boat with you, have them hold onto the closest pole and pull in the boat that way. 

Final step: Put a rope around the front of the pole. Tie it on the cleat in front by slipping it over both of the ends. Pass it through the loop two times. Do the same actions at the back cleat and pole.