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?
In South Africa doing lots of boat stuff. Departure north from Cape Town around December 15th. Arrival in the Caribbean around the beginning of February, after 5300 miles or so.