Gary Lane on why you need to keep your dock lines in the boat.
It was a beautiful June day on the California Delta. From our campground in Isleton, my girlfriend and I decided to boat up to Old Town Sacramento for lunch. It is about 35 miles one-way, with many no-wake zones, so it can take a while to complete the whole trip.
The trip couldn’t have started off any better. When we arrived, the city of Sacramento provided great courtesy docks, so we had no problem finding a spot to tie up our 21-foot Ultra and then ventured to enjoy the restaurants and shops in Old Town. The only minor issue was the current on that part of the river is pretty swift, so I tied off the bow in addition to the middle and stern cleats.
After an enjoyable time onshore, we returned to the boat. I started the engine, and everything seemed good, so I untied the lines and pulled away from the dock. As we made our way under a bridge to head back toward the campground, I said, “Uh-oh, something’s not right.”