Join Date: Aug 2003
Location: Long Island, NY
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Re: docking with different engine setups
I think it's hard to generalize.
My first boat was a Catalina 22 with a small OB. Controlling the boat under power was challenging. Reaching back to adjust the throttle, shift into gear, steer with tiller or OB was not easy. I also wasn't that experienced, so docking was stressful.
Next boats were inboard diesel with shaft and fixed blade props fun keel and balanced rudder. Lots of prop walk, backing up took practice. I liked the prop walk for docking - I tried to use it like a stern thruster.
My current boat has a saildrive and folding prop, deep keel and balanced rudder. This boat goes straight forward and straight backwards. No prop walk, very easy to control.
My buddy has a heavy cruiser with inboard diesel, prop in an aperature, full keel. That boat goes straight like crazy but is almost impossible to back up. It goes a certain way in reverse, and you are just along for the ride.
Deep Blue C, 2002 C&C 110
Mt. Sinai, NY
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