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Backing up (or not)

I have been sailing a Bristol 32 (with the board up) this summer so far.

I find that it's behavior is reverse is very sluggish and unpredictable.

I noticed a comment in a Vigor book that the Cape Dory was sluggish and unpredictable in reverse. I noticed that the underwater profile of both boats is practically identical.

The behavior seems to be related to four things:
1. Very low power in reverse even with a three blade prop.
2. Barn door rudder so when the rudder bites in reverse it is significant.
3. The cut-away fore-foot keel seems to over-whelm any other forces like prop-walk or astern propulsion.

The end result is a boat where it is hard to predict its behavior in reverse.

So I have two questions for those in the know.

1. Other than just practicing a lot any tips on backing up this boat?

2. Will every boat that has this same or similar keel shape behave similarly?
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