We have a lot of room in front of the gas dock and we had it all to our selves tonight about 10:PM.
So I tried backing up the Catalina 30. Worked pretty good. Significant prop walk to port in reverse and more prop walk to starboard in forward than I expected but once I was actually moving back-wards it steered rather well. Will give it another try next time when the captain is not so anxious to call it a nite.
Thanks for all the good suggestions.
One trick that seemed to make it smoother was to take it easy on the throttle after changing direction until the boat starts to move. Prop-walk seems to be less at low throttle. Then as the boat picks up speed more throttle and more prop-walk is offset by the rudder.
I need more practice but it looks like with enough distance and a gentle touch the contrary motion that prop walk wants to introduce can be controlled.
Last edited by davidpm; 08-20-2008 at 12:42 AM.