Keep berthing to yourself

Unless you really need assistance – in a strong offshore wind, for example – ‘helpful’ line-handlers on the dock are often more of a hindrance. Ever noticed that if you pass an unskilled person a line, they’ll almost always pull it? That might be the last thing you want. If you give a clear instruction, such as ‘just drop the loop over that cleat there,’ or ‘take half a turn and pass me the end back,’ they’ll do something else altogether or stand in helpless confusion. By far the best is to use your own crew in the way you’ve already decided. The only problem is how to say, ‘No thanks,’ politely.