Originally Posted by Peter J
Can anyone offer advice. Is this a candidate for an FAQ?
Tried and tested method, which might not be correct.
Firstly you need atleast 2 people.
Take a bow and stern line from the next boat out and pass to someone on shore.
Cast yourself off from the shore and boat outside you. Remeber to leave "His" lines on "his" boat.
Slip out either ahead or astern under the bow/stearn line of the other boat(s). Handing your boat out may be wiser than using the engine if there are people moored ahead and behind you.
The crew on the shore pulls boat(s) in to the shore as you go, and secures them as he would his own. Breast lines, springs and fenders as required.
The crew the returns any borrowed lines to where they came from, and clambers over every one to get to where you are lying outside the raft.
Just an additional note. You should always cross over the stern of a boat, never over the bows. You can get a quick lesson in human biology if you fall thro' an open forehatch.