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I said, "Nothing. It's just my hat."

I'm not keen on the authorities.
Bob, nothing to do with boats but with authorities and I have a feeling you will like this one:

Long before Portugal and Spain entering the EC, two friends of my father were returning from Spain. The authorities inspected the car and found a big box full of Spanish beer, San Miguel to be exact.

The authorities said that they could not pass and that the beers would be confiscated.

They said no, you will not have our beers and returned to Spain again.

Two hours later they were back and the authorities went to search the car thoroughly trying to find out the beers. Has they did not found anything they asked with bad manners where they had put the beers.

On of then said politely to the officer: Where do you want me to piss

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So my question is:

Do people ever get good at backing up full keel boats? Can a truly skilled sailor do it? Or is it just something that they live with?
When I owned 'Indian' I was somewhat able to back her. My trick was to get her moving pretty quickly in reverse then put her in neutral. It mostly worked. The trick was to start at an angle to where you wanted to go so that the initial prop walk straightened you out. You can imagine she mostly wanted to back dead straight if the prop wasn't spinning so precision backing was never a sure thing.



The other oddity on 'Indian' was the gear shift which was a 2" x 1/4" by 2 foot long piece of bronze with wooden handles. It dropped into a hinged collar in the cockpit sole. There was a piece of iron water pipe that connected the bottom of the collar to the shift lever on the side of the Universal Bluejacket Twin (half of an Atomic 4). The problem was that when you put pushed the lever forward, that put the engine in reverse and so you always had this moment when you had to stop and check that you had pushed the lever the right way. It meant a bunch of concentrating when backing and filling.....

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I think you just learn patience backing a full keel boat.

Circumnavigating in a Downbeaster? Now there is some patience.

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I think you just learn patience backing a full keel boat.

Circumnavigating in a Downbeaster? Now there is some patience.
Took him 12 years......

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Has there EVER been an advancement of any kind where there weren't a bunch of Luddites complaining about how it was going to ruin civilization?

The mere fact of the title of this thread says they are alive & well in the new millennium.

Bring back the Astrolabe and the hourglass! You might lose power to one of those newfangled GPS units.
You are so right. In fact it has been going on since the middle ages....

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Now you guys are getting personal.

I got the damn photobucket!
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Now you guys are getting personal.

I got the damn photobucket!
Thanks for that. I was getting tired of squinting

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The Laurin 32, Corona Ag, the only full keel boat, and the shortest boat, continues to do well in the ARC+. The Passport 40 continues to be last, boat for boat.

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I think you just learn patience backing a full keel boat.
I must admit I'm a bit confused as to what all the fuss is about.

My full-keeler backs just fine.. although it might not steer brilliantly in reverse, in strong winds it's often the only way I can get out of the slip, since without a good grip on the water the bow just gets pushed sideways if I try to go ahead. I took that as being pretty typical of full-keelers.

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