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post #19 of Old 08-20-2008
Warren M.
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Being mostly a single-handler, I have often had to back out of my slip against unfavorable winds. Most of the time I can pull the bow over to one side, rush back to the cockpit and pull the stern to the other side, hit reverse and back up and turn 90 deg without problems. But if the wind catches the bow and pushes it the other way before I can get the stern going in the "right" direction I simply go with the flow: I just keep backing up the way wind wants to push me all the way out the fairway where it's a simple matter to then turn the boat in the direction I want. Take the easy way out and go the way Mother Nature wants you and your boat to go -- you'll all be much happier.
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