Docking is an art that can be improved with study and practice so the Speakeasy crew reads instructional books, watches instructional video, and pays attention when others are docking. Before we approach a dock or slip we review tasks, procedures, and strategy so it's not surprising that we look like we know what are about to do on our approach.
The other day we had two relative novices aboard, but we instructed them on what to expect and what to do. We took our positions and looked good. After we got in trouble and I landed in the drink the neighbors exclaimed "You looked like you had enough help. You looked good."
It turns out the being good and looking good are not the same. I guess it's not surprising that we looked good. Among the crew were three actors--two thespians and a clown.