Hey Folks! Made some decent progress today on the docking system. Not "completely operational," as they say, but getting there.
The first task was to get the game to spawn additional ships, since it was only ever designed to work with one at a time. Fortunately, this wasn't too bad. Just repeating the same steps to load the first ship thankfully "just worked." I could load a second ship right on top of the first.
The next step was to get those ships aligned so their docking systems connected. This turned out to be harder.