Re: Backing up (or not)
We have a longish keel (to house the centerboard) and backing up can be an adventure. One thing to try, get the boat moving and then put it into neutral. It should steer much better in neutral. The idea is to go into and out of gear. Also if your boat like ours it will steer more reliably in one direction than another and you consider this when choosing docks and how to approach piers and the like.
Back in the water in Grenada - with new main and #2 and cockpit canvas (Santa came early). Will spend the winter and early spring in the Caribbean and then head to Bermuda and the northeast US. Still trying to decide if we will bring the boat to Canada, either in 2015 or 2016.