Join Date: Aug 2003
Location: Long Island, NY
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Prop Location and Prop Walk
My O'day 35 had a 3 blade fixed prop, and the prop is located most of the way aft. My boat has a lot of prop walk, so I don't think the prop location will have any bearing on the amount of prop walk there is.
When I first put my boat in reverse, it will turn about 45 degrees before I gain enough speed to have steerage. Since I know this and anticipate it, it's not really a problem.
I try to take advantage of the prop walk when I approach the dock. I like to come to the dock with the dock on my port side. I aim at the dock at a 45 degree angle. When the bow is close to the dock (and I am moving at 1 kt or less) I put it in reverse and rev up the engine for a few seconds. That stops the forward motion and pulls the stern right up to the dock.
Deep Blue C, 2002 C&C 110
Mt. Sinai, NY
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