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Old 07-17-2013
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Re: Backing up (or not)

Originally Posted by barefootnavigator View Post
To the OP, You cant surf when there are no waves and you cant sail when there is no wind so why would your try and make your boat do something it physically cant. Learn the characteristics of your boat and always be one step ahead. Tip, forget about your rudder in reverse, the prop has more effect that the rudder, use the prop walk to your advantage.
I'm trying to figure out what the boat will do because it is so different from other boats.
In all other boats I have operated I could count on the the prop walk at low speed before the the speed was sufficient to make the rudder work.

This boat has surprised me on some occasions. Instead of prop-walking to port in reverse as would be expected it has moved starboard.
Sometime port sometimes starboard.

It obviously has a cause it it not magic. I'm thinking that the reason is that the prop-walk effect is overwhelmed by the currents effect on the keel and in one case topside windage.
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