Would you be able to use the engine in reverse to slow boat speed before making a maneuver if you were uncomfortable with speed? I doubt the engine in reverse would overcome your forward momentum but it should slow you down and help add some control ? ? ? ?
Most larger sailboats have issues with prop walk, which is exaggerated in reverse and would possibly make the situation worse.
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a boat to the sea you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps
her going when she oughta fall down, tells you she's hurting 'fore she keens. Makes her a home.
—Cpt. Mal Reynolds, Serenity (edited)
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