Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Victoria B.C. Canada
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Other than it being a bit off center, which may or may nor make a bog difference, I would leave it as it is. Previous posters are right, why spoil the boat's good looks with an outboard hanging off the transom?
As far as reverse, nobody is real pleased with the performance of their boat in reverse. Whether they have a fin keel and separate rudder or a full keel it is still problematic. I live aboard at a hotel/marina and we get to see a real mix here when the warmer weather comes. Everything from the powerboat with twin engines and a bow thruster that has problems to the sailboat owner that has difficulty backing up predictably. From my experience (8 boats over a 40 year period) and what I have seen others do either successfully or otherwise I suggest this.
Practice backing up away from the docks, at low speed and with more throttle. Find out what your boat will do in reverse. Many owners are throttle shy and you can't expect the rudder to have much effect until the boat is moving enough to give good water flow over the rudder. Many long keel boats will only back up pulling to one side or the other. This is common to many boats of all sizes. Probally more common on long keel boats like yours, Alberg 30's and the like. If reversing is predictable, pulling the stern in one direction consistently, use it to your advantage. In circumstances where the pull is the wrong way, reverse and kick the stern around by moving forward with authority and repeating it if necessary. Remember this is a common problem, the design treatise of most boats is to move forward. not back.
Last year I was doing some electrical work on a 42' commercial troller. Very heavy boat, long keel, single engine and a very large prop. He moved the boat to another slip in the marina and it was a treat to watch him use the boat's characteristics to his advantage. There wasn't much room to work with. He reversed with a lot of throttle until his speed was up a bit, put it in neutral and watched the stern. When he was running out of room astern he turned the wheel and with about 1/2 throttle moved the bow where he wanted it and then repeated this until he was where he wanted to be. Many would have not used enough throttle and been all over the place. It helped that he is a Coast Pilot, has his Masters ticket and about 30+ years experience, a lot of it in tugs. But he never fought what the boat wanted to do, just used it to his advantage. Probably felt like a toy after the freighters and tankers he works with daily. But it was neat to watch.
Living aboard in Victoria Harbour