Re: Backing up (or not)
Sorry David but my A35 keel slung rudder makes backing down as unpredictable as has been described. Without a good head of steam, going in reverse is a crap shoot. My only solution is to avoid getting into situations where backing in reverse is required. There are really not many situations where it makes a lot of difference but I avoid having to back into tight dock spaces if possible.
Alberg 35: With a philosophical flourish Cato throws himself upon his sword; I quietly take to the ship.