We are in a stern to slip w/ bow mooring but we have Circe sitting bow to for added privacy and better views.
I agree and in addition, I find that I'm more comfortable with backing out of a slip than I am with backing in. As with most fin keels and spade rudders, prop walk can be tricky at times. A right hand prop in reverse will give substantial stern walk to port making a starboard turn difficult. When backing out of your slip, I've found that putting the trans. in nutral after building a little speed and clearing the dock, will eliminate the prop walk and allow a much easier turn. If you're going to be turning to port, the prop walk will assist.
Yeah, just starting out with 29' of 'barge' out front can be a little intimidating, but with practice and time you both will become comfortable with docking. Until that happens, go with one of my former instructor's philosophies..."when docking, go at the speed with which you would want to hit the dock".