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post #17 of Old 12-17-2013
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Re: Why the Bristol 32 backs so poorly

I had a Catalina 27 before my Bristol32. The backing characteristics are very different. I have certainly learned with the Bristol that the bow will blow down very easily due to the underwater planes being aft. I don't think there is a boater out there that doesn't consider wind, current and their boats handling habits before coming to a mooring be it a dock or buoy.

Recently my wife and I visited a national park site that required a boat ride on a fairly substantial boat. As we approached the dock we asked ourselves what is this skipper thinking. We were approaching perpendicular to the dock. You know what I'm going to say and that is that the skipper knew what he was doing and brought us along side using prop walk, and deftly handled spring lines. We just stood there amazed at the skillful handling that only repetition can provide.
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