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post #28 of Old 05-18-2012
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Re: Kent narrows vs. around Kent Island

Right or wrong we time the Narrows to go AGAINST the tide, my opinion for this is that I can always fall off this way plus have more steering control at a slower speed. Going with the current could turn into a one way non stop disaster if you would need to turn around or stop or manuever around something, to maintain good steering you need a good amount of water flowing past the hull and rudder. That current ripping through there has to reach 4 or 5 knots at times (Never checked it out but I think thats a good guess), so to get enough water flowing for steering you'd be truck'n along at 7 - 9 knots with no effective stopping power. Also pulling over to a fuel dock is much easier going against the tide. We have an 8 HP Nissan on a 26' Macgregor.

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