With a 2 blade prop reverse can be an adventure on our Tartan 27. I am not an expert but the best advice I have been given so far seems to be thus:
- keep the tiller/wheel centered at first
- rev up the engine in reverse until the boat starts moving backwards. At this point the rudder should start to 'grab' and some people will even put their engine in neutral to stop the prop walk effect from occurring.
- if you can use the prop walk effect to help you turn then so much the better.
I still need to practice with reverse while away from obstructions.
For your first overnight anchoring I would recommend Harness Creek which is a short ways up the South River. There is a 'gunk hole' off on the right that is surrounded by a park (no houses) so it's a great spot and an easy sail from where you are.
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