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post #23 of Old 12-18-2013
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Re: Why the Bristol 32 backs so poorly

My Hunter 23.5 water ballasted trailer sailer can be a handful to back out of a slip when the wind is side on to the slip. The bow blows down so easily I have to really try to predict how I'm going to be blown when I clear the finger. I have backed all the way down the fairway before being able to turn. I have done this in larger boats too when propwalk was such an issue that I couldn't turn into the wind. It doesn't embarrass me anymore to back all the way down a fairway when I have to. I can't imagine not being able to predict which way your boat will propwalk or being able to control once having steering way.

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