Join Date: Mar 2010
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Re: Beastly boat to manuever
If your problem is backing, then join the club - backing up is often a bear with longer keels. Some tricks which may help - build up a bit of backwards speed before you start the turn; and if you have propwalk/offset prop, you may want to try building up some momentum and then popping the engine into neutral before you turn. For me if I have the prop engaged moving at a "slow walking speed" the best I can do in one direction is go straight - I can never turn!
..which is why I tend to walk my boat out of the slip (backwards), not power her out....
...but on the good side, if you can master things your propwalk sometimes allows you to back into a slip, turning in at an outrageous angle!