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All - Back to the original topic of this thead, on Thursday we surveyed the Catalina 250, closed the deal Friday, and motored her down the river to Essington, PA today. It was a chilly ride, but fun nonetheless. (Thanks for you great company and advice, Ulladh!) The breeze was too light and time too limited to put the sails up, and docking in the strong Delaware River currents was a real challenge. Both of those items are going to need a lot of work in the near future.
If anyone has any links to good docking tricks I'd appreciate them. I was having particular trouble backing up with (but slower than) the current. I would tend to turn the rudder in the direction to move the stern as if the boat was backing up in slack water, so the boat would move the opposite way from what I expected because even though SOG was negative, its speed relative to the water was positive. Any special visualization tricks to override my natural (incorrect) reflexes would be appreciated! Meanwhile I'll go have a look to see what Chapman's says about the topic.
My sincere thanks to all of you for the advice your provided during my search!
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1998 Catalina 250WK Take Five (at Anchorage Marina, Essington, on the Delaware River)
1994 Mason 44 Firefly on loan from my BFF (West River, Galesville, MD)
1991 15' Trophy (Lake Wallenpaupack)
1985 14' Phantom (Lake Wallenpaupack)
Last edited by TakeFive; 03-27-2010 at 10:18 PM.