Join Date: Jul 2013
Location: Boat is in a slip at Kentucky Lake; we live in Clarksville, TN
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Re: Backing up (or not)
Great thread; just to chime in, I have a 22' with a little 6hp outboard hung on the transom off-center with the transom-hung rudder. When I am backing out of my slip, I have found that if I keep the tiller straight and steer with the motor (with a little help turning the boat as we hand walk it out of the slip to the end of the finger pier, I get enough steerage to get her turned in the right direction. My motor won't do much to slow the boat when I am docking, so I rarely try to use it in that capacity, but I have found that unless I want to really bring her around fast, steering with both the tiller and the motor is not needed.
My only question is this: I have a swing keel that I can crank up, and I am wondering if it makes the boat easier or harder to steer in reverse if it is up vs. down. I suppose I can try it out but it ain't broke at the moment, so why try to fix it?