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post #4 of Old 10-05-2007
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Canadian is very correct. Once you have suffient way on so the rudder over-rides the propwalk, a sailboat will back well - especially when backing into the wind. But - in a cross wind of any significance you have to keep turning to watch the bow. I find it easier to face forward and turn to watch the stern - as the stern and dock are within close visual contact and I've got more control of the stern than the bow and tend to worry more about bow falling off. It's practice, practice (as usual.)

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