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Re: Docking for Dummies

Originally Posted by aaronwindward View Post
Are you saying that if you put the rudder hard over, with a good amount of reverse thrust, you can't get the bow pointed where you need?
That is true on my Pearson 28-2, unless you get a good speed in reverse. The rudder on this boat doesn't have a huge range of motion, and this is the only time when that bothers me. The boat also has a lot of freeboard (I'm docked next to an Erickson 34, and my Pearson has a least a few inches more freeboard) which means that the wind will blow it around at low speeds.

All boats are a compromise. One of the compromises made on the Pearson 28-2, to get a big interior (especially the double bed under the cockpit), is that the boat has lots of freeboard. That hurts slow speed handling and performance in high winds.

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