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post #2 of Old 12-31-2009
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This is a technique that is well established in white water canoeing and the activity is tempered by changes in currents and tucking behind boulders. Yes, it is a tactic that we employ when manuvering to a dock in strong current, as well as backing into a slip when the current is hard set onto the mouth of the slip. When backing by low idle forward and occassional neutral it's easy to have the bow drift off the set an turn you off your destination. You can't afford to drift broadside, so you have to be ready to bail out in forward and re-position. This is very easy to practice and develop your skill by manuvering around a lobster/crab float or mooring ball in strong current. The diagram posted above would likely have minimum current after entering the breakwater with the cut out of the shoreline to the left, but for sure, you would need to "crab" or "ferry" into the entrance to the basin. 'take care and joy, Aythya crew
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