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post #5 of Old 07-15-2013
killarney_sailor
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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.

After the refit we have decided to sell Ainia. We want something smaller that would be could for the light summer winds of Lake Ontario, although we plan to spend at least a couple of winters in the Caribbean before heading north.
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