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post #54 of Old 01-20-2014
MarkSF
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Re: Don't "drive" your boat like it's a car!

PS, things will go wrong. That's when you're glad you were going slowly. Reminds me of the time we were entering a slip in a Catalina 27, I engaged reverse, and throttled up. Or tried to, the throttle lever came off in my hand. We were going slowly though and a crewmember quickly stopped the boat with a line.

Hitting the dock at 1 knots vs. 4 is a factor of 16 reduction in kinetic energy, and hence damage.

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