Maybe I missed it ... what kind of boat do you have?
Perhaps some time with a really good instructor would help and you could save the boat bucks for something else.
sail fast, dave
I have Hallberg-Rassy 35, it is listed in my profile. Without going too far into this discussion (and leaving aside my sailing abilitiy), I can only say that there are certain things that cannot be done with a full keel single screw vessel with hydraulic steering. For example - it is not possible to make a 90 degree turn to starboard when confined in a fairway of less than about 60'. It is also not possible to use reverse to control turning. That is something that drivers of fin keel flat bottom boats (such as Beneteau, for example, of which I was one until this one
) usually do not realize
Now, arguably changing a slip may help - though my marina does not have any other slips (and nothing more convenient anyway). But aside from that larger issue remains - certain maneuvers simply cannot be performed.