Docking beam-to with a stiff breeze blowing you ashore can try the patience and nerves of the most experienced skipper. Reversing doesn't counter the wind directly, serving only to pull you out of position. The drill is a combination of allowing the boat to drift down while you shuttle between gears, spinning the wheel with each shift in an attempt to stay parallel to the bulkhead or float. Ideally, the bow is upwind a tad so that a final burst of throttle, with the wheel cut toward the dock, provides a soft landing. Current adds another dynamic. It's demanding, especially for stern-drive cruisers with their relatively high windage, wide beam and shallow draft. And it needs to be practiced. But if your confidence is low, or if you prefer to work smarter instead of harder, consider investing in a system such as Volvo Penta's stern-drive joystick. In a scenario as described above, I slid a Monterey 320 SCR into place so gently that the tap wouldn't have cracked an egg.