Old enough to know better
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Beacon, NY
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Re: Don't "drive" your boat like it's a car!
I was the only crew on a delivery of a beautiful, brand new, 50 footer to New Port RI from Mt. Desert Island, ME. The owner of the company that built the boat was skipper. He backed into the slip at a speed that had me cringing and trying to anticipate the impacts. It all happened quite fast. I braced for impact a couple of times as he calmly throttled and spun the wheel. Without even a bump the yacht gently came to rest against the fenders in the slip. It was a brand new boat that cost about 1.5 million. Its Endeavor Blue Awlgrip finish never even got scuffed. When you really know what you are doing it is automatic. Can you tell I was impressed?
Yes, someone who is really comfortable with the boat and has lots of experience (at least with similar boats) is really a thing of beauty! I hope to get to that point, but so far every time I pull into a dock I am nervous. I have been on boats where they pull in with just the right speed and don't even have to kick it into reverse, there is a lot of art to it since there is current, wind and prop walk all to orchestrate. Everyone says it comes with practice. Tell that to my father, he has been driving for almost 70 years and still can't park!