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post #22 of Old 07-16-2013
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Re: Backing up (or not)

Originally Posted by chucklesR View Post
I have a Maxprop so in theory I have no prop wash - in practice I have minimal prop wash.
I have a Maxprop on our Hunter 40. But I'm new to the boat and the prop and don't really understand exactly what a Maxprop does.

What I DO know is that the boat does incredibly well in reverse - with very, very little prop walk. I had to move it to our new slip a few weeks ago (my first time really handling the boat in close quarters). I was extremely nervous - as the boat felt like an aircraft carrier compared to my previous C27.

To make things more difficult, I had to back it in for my shorepower cords to reach the cockpit. And to make things even more difficult, I had wind blowing directly into the slip.

I asked the broker who sold me the boat - a seriously good guy and veteran sailor in the area named Pat - to help me as I didn't want to try it with just the boys aboard. I did just fine backing it out of the slip at the boat yard that re-did my rigging. Piece of cake.

When we got to the new slip, he walked me through what I needed to do - which was come into the fairway pretty tight to our dock (leeward), then right at our slip, turn hard to port to get the bow through the wind and swing the stern to align with the slip - then back down quickly.

I tried this 5-6 times (Pat's a very patient guy) and finally got the stern going into the slip, but I was always too timid with the initial turn which allowed the bow to blow off to starboard. So even though I got good initial alignment with the stern, I always got a little too sideways to reverse in cleanly. Pat made me keep trying. I was able to control the boat in the fairway and keep us away from the hard bits as we kept at it.

Long story my request, Pat finally showed me how. But he warned me that he was already a couple of Manhattans into the evening. Regardless, he did a great job - still getting us a bit sideways as the bow blew off, and crunching my life ring a bit - but we got her in.

It made me feel good to see that it's NEVER that easy - even with tons of experience. And it made me feel REALLY good when he complimented me on my boat handling. I'm feeling a bit more confident for the next try.
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