PPCDL Practical Test – Commencement of your Practical Handling – BERTHING

Heading out of the channel for your practical test site

MOB test site

Inner Berth: The ‘J ‘Jetties. Always check and see which way the water is flowing, Is it from left to right OR right to left.

Berthing: Inner berth alongside Portside.

Making your approach towards the jetty.

Keep the boat parallel towards the jetty. Water is flowing from left to right Water is flowing from left to right.

Completing the turn to bring the boat parallel towards the jetty.

Boat is now completely alongside the jetty.

Ask your assistant to make fast the stern line then the forward line.

Once U proceed into the inner berth jetties, U will be told to berth the boat to a given number of the jetty and which side to alongside the boat.
1. Maintain minimum speed, aim the bow for the center spar, commence your turn about 1 ½ of the berth length.
2. Steer and aim the boat bow about 30 degrees angle towards the berth, (aim for the gap between the 1st & 2nd floating block)
3. When about 1 boat length, turn the wheel slightly to starboard.
4. Once the boat is parallel to the berth put the throttle to neutral i.e. stop position and turn the wheel fully towards the jetty. i.e. portside.
5. Set the throttle to the astern movement and as the stern of the boat begins to set towards the jetty, counter the steering wheel until the boat is completely parallel towards the jetty.
Now put the throttle to ahead (forward) and try to steer the boat straight to bring her alongside properly to the jetty. Once the boat has come alongside completely put the throttle lever to stop, (neutral position).

6. If the boat is not properly aligned parallel towards the jetty, take corrective action; adjust the ahead or astern movement slowly, don’t wait.
Always use minimum engine speed and steering movement, always look behind and look forward when carrying out this corrective action and it must be done quickly.
Boat should not overhang the berth & must be stopped completely when U are alongside.
Ask your assistant make fast the stern line and then make fast the forward line.

Berthing: Inner berth alongside Starboard side

Once U proceed into the inner berth jetties, U will be told to berth the boat to a given number of the jetty and which side to alongside the boat.
Check and see which way the water is flowing, is it from left to right or right to left.

Making your approach towards the jetty.

Water is flowing from left to right. It’s pushing U towards the jetty

1. Maintain slowest speed, aim the bow for the center spar with the flag, commence the turn about 1 ½ of the berth length.
2. Steer and aim the boat bow about 30 degrees angle towards the berth, (aim for the gap between the 1st & 2nd floating block)
3. When about 1 boat length, turn the wheel slightly to port.
4. Once the boat is parallel to the berth put the throttle to neutral i.e. stop position and turn the wheel fully towards the jetty. i.e. starboard side.
5. Set the throttle to the astern movement and as the stern of the boat begins to set towards the jetty, counter the steering wheel until the boat is completely parallel towards the jetty.
Now put the throttle to ahead (forward) and try to steer the boat straight to bring her alongside properly to the jetty. Once the boat has come alongside completely put the throttle lever to stop, (neutral position).

6. If the boat is not properly aligned parallel towards the jetty, take corrective action; adjust the ahead or astern movement slowly, don’t wait.
Always use a minimum engine speed and steering movement, always look behind and look forward when carrying out this corrective action and it must be done quickly.
Boat should not overhang the berth & must be stopped completely when U are alongside.
Ask your assistant make fast the stern line and then make fast the forward line.

Berthing: Outer Berth Portside alongside

Aim the bow towards the Display sign board.

The water is flowing from left to right.

1. Maintain slowest speed, aim the bow about 30 degrees towards the (white signboard display) of the jetty.
2. When about 1 boat length of the jetty commence to turn the wheel slightly to starboard.
3. Once the boat is parallel to the berth put the throttle to neutral i.e. stop position and turn the wheel fully towards the jetty, i.e. portside.
4. Set the throttle to the astern movement and as the stern of the boat begins to set towards the jetty, counter the steering wheel until the boat is completely parallel towards the jetty.
Now put the throttle to ahead (forward) and try to steer the boat straight to bring her alongside properly to the jetty.
Once the boat has come alongside completely put the throttle lever to stop, (neutral position)

5. If the boat is not properly aligned parallel towards the jetty, take corrective action; adjust the ahead or astern movement slowly, don’t wait.
Always use a minimum engine speed and steering movement, always look behind and look forward when carrying out this corrective action and it must be done quickly.
Boat should not overhang the berth & must be stopped completely when U are alongside.
Ask your assistant make fast the stern line and then make fast the forward line. (Only just say it)

Berthing: Outer berth alongside Starboard side

Aim the bow towards the spar with the white cone on top

About 1 boat length, commence your turn to port

The bow MUST point outwards, parallel to the jetty

Carrying out the corrective action to bring the boat towards the jetty

1. Maintain minimum speed; aim the bow towards the spar with a white cone off the jetty,
2. When about 1 boat length of the jetty commence to turn the wheel slightly to port.
3. Once the boat is parallel to the berth put the throttle to neutral i.e. stop position and turn the wheel fully towards the jetty, i.e. starboard side.
4. Set the throttle to the astern movement and as the stern of the boat begins to set towards the jetty, counter the steering wheel until the boat is completely parallel towards the jetty.
Now put the throttle to ahead (forward) and try to steer the boat straight to bring her alongside properly to the jetty.
Once the boat has come alongside completely put the throttle lever to stop, (neutral position)

5. If the boat is not properly aligned parallel towards the jetty, take corrective action; adjust the ahead or astern movement slowly, don’t wait.
Always use a minimum engine speed and steering movement, always look behind and look forward when carrying out this corrective action and it must be done quickly.
Boat should not overhang the berth & must be stopped completely when U are alongside.
Ask your assistant make fast the stern line and then make fast the forward line. (only just say it)

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