To keep this On topic...
One thing most N00bs don't realize is that the propwalk really only affects the boat significantly when the boat is under power... If you need to back a boat in a straight line, assuming it can do so at all, you can generally do it fairly easily by revving up the throttle to get some way on and then dropping the engine back into neutral while you coast in reverse. While the boat is coasting with the engine in neutral, there is very little propwalk.
So, power the boat in reverse in pulses... with the engine in neutral most of the time you're actually moving. BTW, this doesn't necessarily work on older, full-keel designs, due to the nature of the beast...
One other big mistake N00bs make is to turn the wheel/tiller too soon. Watch the water near the boat. If it is still moving aft...the boat is still going forward and you need to steer as if you're still moving forward... until the water alongside the boat is moving forward along the hull and you're making way in reverse, don't try to steer as if you're in reverse—you'll screw up by the numbers and wonder what the hell happened.
Originally Posted by Stillraining
Where??Where?? Ill I see is an empty deck..
You're too slow... He keeps changing avatars...so that statement was time limited.
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You know what the first rule of sailing is? ...Love. You can learn all the math in the 'verse, but you take
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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