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Re: Backing up (or not)
Anyone for dropping a trolling motor on the front of the boat to use as a bow thruster? Seems like for a few hundred bucks and some creativity, you should be able to solve the problem. They seem to go cheap enough on Ebay, that it would be worth a try.
I've thought of doing just that, only off the transom. My boat, a Cal 2-27, has a longish (not deepish) fin keel and a spade rudder. And our marina has pretty narrow channels. To complicate things even further, the wind usually blows about 90˚ to our slip, from the direction we want to eventually go when leaving. When not exactly 90˚ to the slip, it blows the boat slightly back toward the dock. So, as I back out I want the stern to swing to Port, but the wind catches the bow and forces it to Port. If the wind is light, the rudder usually turns the boat fast enough to win the struggle. But once the wind pipes up a bit the effect of the rudder gets cancelled by the wind pushing the bow and I can't turn fast enough. To avoid backing into the boats on the next dock I have to stop backing and let the boat slip sideways up the channel until I get to the dock at the end and then man-handle the boat until she's pointing in the right direction. In such a situation, a trolling motor on the transom would come in very handy.
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