You are absolutely, undeniably, right.
Not enough boat owners listen to you though.
So many times I have seen over-aggressive use of the throttle when totally unnecessary, and a sublime unwillingness to control the ship with lines rather than throttle.
I have seen it go wrong once, at a pretty place called Ardrishaig, where a boat owner, in flat calm, came in far too quickly and was reliant on reverse thrust to stop in time. The wee nipple came off the end of the gearshift cable, and the ship met the harbour wall head on, splitting the king plank and shortening the whole hull by about a foot.
It was simply stupid and horrendously expensive.
At other times, close to my beautiful ship, I have seen over-use of throttle, again in flat calm, and nearly finished in crossed swords on one occasion. Hire boats are the worst. Avoid, where possible.
If there is little or no wind, come in dead slow. There is time to react, time to recover if things go wrong, and it is so much easier to stop the ship with the lines, or indeed engine.
Take it easy. Throttle jockeys are not respected in sailboat circles.
Last edited by Rockter; 01-15-2012 at 09:27 PM.