Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Deale, MD
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My primary reasons for backing in are loading and ease of loading arthritic guests (VERY important to me).
However, daily practice is also very handy when visiting unfamiliar locations; it keep your boat handling sharp. More than once I have been directed to a slip that did not fit only to find that an adverse current made retreat complicated. It's good to know how to slide her around against wind and current.
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