Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: Long Island NY
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problem motoring in reverse
I am the new owner of a 1980 Pearson 32. It is equipped with a folding prop.
I have not been able to make any progress understanding what it is doing when I try to motor in reverse, such as backing into my slip.
I understand prop walk, and have backed larger boats (chartered) into slips without too much trouble.
I expect the stern to carve out a path to port as I am backing. But this is not what happens -- there is no motion for a few seconds (while prop is unfolding, I guess), then the boat starts to move sideways (to port). Not a turn to port, but it starts crabbing sideways. The boat is unmanageable.
Does anybody have an idea what might be the problem?
Any help would be appreciated.