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Re: New sailors iso private instruction Pasadena, MD

Congrats to both of you!

Learning to compensate for prop-walk is essential to handling a sailboat in tight quarters. One way to compensate for it is to get the boat moving and then put the engine in neutral. The boat will glide a fair distance and will steer more true to course. Sometimes when backing in, you need to put the engine in forward, turn the wheel hard over and give it a couple seconds of throttle to kick the stern in the right direction.

I'm on Mill Creek and come over.

As far as nomenclature, there are plenty of good books that will teach you the names of the ropes, the parts of the sail etc. Probably find it on-line too.
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