Manhandle! I still do it! At least when no one I care about is looking. I walk the boat back, push the bow through the wind and jump on. I tell people I'm saving gas.
If you are more concerned about cursing...leaving the dock should not be that big an issue as you will be on the water more often. Besides not being in control for brief periods of time is part of sailing. Sometimes the most exciting part!
In earnest, most experienced folks have great strategies, intuition, contingencies, and sometimes a lot of humility when docking and un-docking.
For example, I was told "when reversing , inboard or outboard, build just enough speed then get off the throttle". This was from a guy that regularly backed into his 16' slip with a 17' beam boat.
Of course the beam was 15' and some inches at the waterline. No less it was amazing to watch! 4-6" clearance on both sides! Sometimes he had a cross wind, or traffic, or too much to drink. But he still got it in even after several attempts.
This is normally what I do in forward or reverse, get a little speed, go into neutral, then coast. And throttle for about 1 second at a time if I need more speed.
What is a fair price for:
E27, tiller, no leaks, solid decks, no need for paint
yamaha 4 cycle 9.9 high thrust
electrical works as it should
Things I would add:
needs new batteries
lead lines back to cockpit
composting toilet (currently has just a portable)
Thoughts on the price?