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post #6 of Old 08-09-2011
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As someone with a full keel boat, I am not one who selects backing over distance as a good option. Most vessels with a port prop walk will pivot in a clockwise manner (viewed from above) remaining in position when the rudder is hard to starboard and the helmsman alternates from forward to reverse. Try this skill of pivoting when out away from the dock. My choice of maneuvering may be one that you could apply even with your Erickson's better ability to back. I would enter half way into the slip bow first and then back out with my port prop walk turning me. Here, I would place the rudder hard to starboard and pivot, alternating forward and reverse until my stern was pointed to the piling that will end up at the starboard bow. Reversing into the slip with the port prop walk should be easy and always controlled with another moment in forward to continue the clockwise pivot if needed. Take care and joy, Aythya crew
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