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Unless there's a very strong lateral force on the boat (like leeway), this current is always balanced on the two sides of the bow.
This makes sense if your boat is point directly up current.
Just a slight drift to one side or the other and this effect kicks in yes?
"It doesn't really matter as to where you center of effort or propulsion is at... It is the fact that when you are stemming the tide or current (amounts to the same thing), when your bow falls off the course the bow up stream will have pressure on it and the bow section down stream will have much less pressure. THUS your bow will be pushed around if you are not applying correcting rudder."
The point I'm making is that it is not, as far as I can tell, an illusion due to watching the shore.
Next time I'll through a blanket over my head and the pedestal so I can only see the compass. I'm pretty sure I'll still be able to tell by the feel alone that I'm fighting the current.
Do you agree. It is easy enough to test.
Last edited by davidpm; 05-21-2011 at 07:30 PM.