On the question of speed.
I tell students that they should control their speed with the transmission (forward, neutral, reverse) to maintain steerage way. The throttle should only be used in reverse to stop the boat.
We usually use fin keel boats. Full keel boats need some additional speed to mainatin steerage way.
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