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Old 05-18-2007
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keep it simple

Tom,

My boat's 38 feet and I'm in pretty close quarters. I would suggest not complicating things further with extra maneuvering. Each approach will be slightly different depending on wind strength and direction. The idea, as you've already mentioned, is to practice. One way to avoid prop walk is to come in with sufficient headway (changes with conditions) and take it out of gear until you have made your turn and are committed to the slip. If you come in a little too hot, you can always give it a good burst in reverse, of course, this will throw your stern to port, but that should be of no real consequence. Better to come in under enough control that you don't have to rely on a brute force stop tho. Point is, keep it simple. Your boat can do it, you just need practice.

Best of luck.

Alan
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