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Re: Remote helm
Thanks for the more complete explanation Jon.
It happened a long time ago and no one got hurt. The real lesson that both of your stories clearly explained is that you can't trust auto-helm in close situations.
Nice pictures too.
Back to the regularly scheduled education channel.
Would you comment more on the following?
Jon you said
When a powerboat operator has neither the inclination toward courtesy nor the skill to demonstrate it, you can minimize the effect of a rogue wake by turning away from the wake and throwing a hip check with your own boat's quarter by beginning to cut sharply across the wake, then deliberately putting the boat broadside at just the right moment. In most boats of at least moderate displacement, this results in little more than the overtaken boat bobbing up and down, with a minimum degree of rolling.
This is interesting.
So the way I read this is that if someone passes me from astern at high speed throwing a big wake on my port I should steer starboard until the wake hits my quarter then steer port.
Is that right?
If so what if someone passes me at high speed on my port side but from ahead throwing a big wake?
In this case it is the opposite yes?
Steer port into the wake then starboard.
The lesson from the Icarus story is not about human failing.
It is a lesson about the limitations of wax as an adhesive.
If you have an engineering problem solve it.