For one don't just depend on your motor. A boat under sail is a much better way to do it. Come in under main and go bow to into the wind slowing down to catch the ball, then go drop the main.
This way you can let the wind take you bow out of head to wind sheet the main in and still sail out.
"There's nothing . . . absolutely nothing . . . half so much worth doing as simply messing around in boats." -- Kenneth Grahame, The Wind in the Willows (River Rat to Mole)
1980 Baba 35 Pilot House Cutter - Brigadoon
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