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The other time this approach is useful is with a twin screw (catamaran) boat when one engine is out. Prop walk is nothing by comparison.
There is one other caveat: if you are backing quickly (even 2 knots) and hit the gas to either get out of a blown approach or to slow down in the slip, the boat will turn away from the functioning engine uncontrollably for at least a 90 degree turn. Thus, you must go very slowly on the final approach. Honestly, it's wiser to pull in, fix the engine, and then turn the boat.
(when asked how he reached the starting holds on a difficult rock climbing problem that clearly favored taller climbers - he was perhaps 5'5")
"Well, I just climb up to them."
by Joe Brown, English rock climber
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