Condottiere said:Most captains probably want visitors to be docked at designated spots on their hull, and not be like barnacles, which is why they are the clampor.
Having multiple clamps means more care in lining up the two hulls; release should be almost instantaneous.
Unless you want them walking along your hull to the nearest airlock, I think it's safe to assume that visitors (as opposed to boarders) will always dock at designated spots.
Depends on how you design your multiple clamps for the potential for added complexity. More clamps also means more safety (a single failure of a single clamp also means your docked ship will no longer be docked).