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Re: Why the Bristol 32 backs so poorly

My Yankee Dolphin 24 with full keel and outboard in a well a full two feet aft of the rudder makes for some interesting backward movement as well. To counter this, I wrap a line around the middle cleat of the dock and as I back straight out I pull on the line which in turn pulls the stern toward the dock and flings the bow out in to the channel. Once I'm straight with the channel I reel in the line, put the motor in forward, and go. This way I do not rely on the angle of my propeller or the angle of my useless rudder. I modified this technique from this video:
1969 S&S Yankee Dolphin 24 "Avri Ellis"
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