Re: Backing up (or not)
Smack, I had a Maxprop on my last boat, a Niagara 35 with longish fin keel and big spade rudder. In general there was very little prop walk but I learned that if you wanted some, eg to pull the stern into a dock you could goose it in reverse for just a second or two and you would get a quick jump in the desired direction - you did choose the dock to allow this of course?
Finished the circumnavigation in early February in Grenada. Have to work on a book project for the next several months so the boat will be waiting for next year.