Nothing makes a skipper look so stupid as when a well-meaning person takes a bow line ashore from a moving boat and promptly catches a turn to ‘stop her’. This is guaranteed to spring her bow hard into the dock with the stern swinging out of control – a horrid series of events to which even the finest boat handler has no answer. If you’re on the bow line, step off nice and easy and follow the boat along until the skipper has taken off her way with engine. Then take up the slack and make off the line. Don’t snub her in unless specifically ordered to.