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Re: Learning to dock shorthanded
Something that was drilled into me was
1.rudder only steers when water moving across it.
2.only get prop walk when prop is spinning
3. when bow goes to right stern goes to the left( and vise a versus) e.g. boats especially fin keel boats pivot
therefore when docking and want boat to steer not walk use very brief but strong bursts of engine with neutral in between
Use the pivot to your advantage.
use the wind to aid docking. if wind pushing you into slip and docking bow first ghost using bursts of reverse to position boat
go as slow as you can.
don't stand behind the wheel constantly or be stuck on side where throttle is -move around to see where you really are.
my 2 cents