Originally Posted by davidpm
In order to predict what the boat will do in reverse I have to think in terms of how the current and wind will move the bow much more than in a fin keel boat.
What do you think?
I think that's called boat handling (though it sometimes feels more like boat wrangling!). Before having newbies back out of the slip, I tell them: "This is how she will probably act given the conditions, so this is what we will ask her to do. If she doesn't cooperate, we'll work with what she is willing to do to get us moving in the direction we want to go".
I've been told later: "That didn't make sense to me when you said it, now I see what you mean!"
Sometimes I can't even get her turned bow forward without a fight, yet she will back down the fairway like she is on rails! It used to frustrate me. Now I just laugh, and see it as part of her character. The good news is...she sails like a dream, and I usually do that going forward.
Some boats back like Corvettes. Ours aren't two of them.