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Re: Why the Bristol 32 backs so poorly

Originally Posted by CalebD View Post
I believe your suspicions about the underwater profile of say, your Bristol 32' are likely true.
This is why I suggested that if, given light conditions, you start by pushing the boat in the course you want it to take in reverse, and only after the boat is moving on the line you want kick in reverse gear. This only works on a finger pier so if you are on a mooring all bets are off which way it will go in reverse, no matter where the rudder is pointed.
That is exactly what we do and it works most of the time.
Once however when the current was running towards the dock the exaggerated steering in reverse took over and the boat turned sidewise to the dock and we got pinned.

I'm thinking now that more speed and less helm may have worked.
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