Boat Handling in a Marina or confined space is probably the most intimidating situation that you will encounter during your Boat Charter.
However, there is less need to be concerned about it if certain actions and observations are made before beginning any maneuvers.
Firstly it is essential to check that you have sufficient fuel, the fenders and lines are located in the right places and fenders are at the correct height. Brief the crew members on your intentions and be sure they know what is expected of them.
Determine the direction of the Tide or Current.
Note the wind Strength and Direction.
Decide if it is the tide or the wind that will have the greatest effect on the boat.
Test the handling characteristics of your craft when going slowly both ahead and astern in particular the direction of prop walk on a single-engined boat.
Above all, if in doubt about your boat handling skills, take some sailing lessons before going on your boat charter or take an experienced Skipper to help you.