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Old 06-09-2011
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casey that always depends on cost and is it a sailboat you damaged or a motorboat
But yea if you can't rub it out quick (i.e. no damage) always contact the boat owner.
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casey that always depends on cost and is it a sailboat you damaged or a motorboat
But yea if you can't rub it out quick (i.e. no damage) always contact the boat owner.
That settles it, I've got a 5 gallon pail of rubbing compound on order, just in case.
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Most slips rented here in the States are length wise 10% to 15% under the boat length and most likely from 11 (3,33m) to 13.5ft (4,10m) wide for a 27'(8,10m) to 36'+ (11m) boats. So when trying to back up a 34' (10,3m)sailboat in a 30'(9m) slip that is 12'(3,63m) wide and your beam is 10.5'(3,18m) wide it doesn't matter if you have prop-walk, fenders(stoot-billen), lots of lines, dinghies, helpers on land and on the boat, etc., etc. All that matters is to go slow (no steerage) and have confidence that you will not damage anything, and practice and practice.
This is a real good point. Many have talked about using lines to control the boat when coming in or leaving. This is great when the slip configuration allows it. EJO makes a good point. Most of the slips that I've been in are shorter than my boat length and my current slip is narrow enough that I can barely have two fender widths between me and the boat next to me in the slip. Add to that an alley between docks that is about as wide as my boat is long, backing into the slip is way beyond my skill level. Given adverse wind and current, it can be a challenge even to come in bow first. Any docking that doesn't break, bend, or scratch anything is one that I consider successful.

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When we used to back in, we found springlines to be our best friends (as mentioned above). If you have pilings at the entrance end of your slip, rig two long lines on the pilings. When you return, pull up the pilings and grab the lines. Then, as you back in, you can pull on the line on whichever side you want the boat to turn. Of course, do this very slowly so you don't pull the lines out of your hands. You could also give them a half turn on a cleat. I was able to hold the lines in my hands at the helm, center the wheel, and back in perfectly with just a little tension on whichever line was necessary to keep the boat straight. Just kept the rudder centered and throttle at idle in reverse. Just as you are about completely in the slip, cleat both lines and keep the engine in gear while you attach the rest of your docklines. That will keep the boat right where you want it while you hook everything up. It took a few attempts to get everything in sync, but once we had a patten down it i was easy as pie no matter how windy.
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You may have a boat that does not steer in reverse. I know I have had two! To be fair the Ryton did steer when at 3 knots or better but the Bombay - fuggedaboutit.

I have a nonsteerable in reverse type as well. I don't have the room to be manuvering her in tight quarters in reverse and we're talking a 26' boat.
When leaving, I back her out with the rudder hard over and she's slightly angled when I clear the fingers. I have an outboard connected to the rudder so the outboard is turned as well. Then prop walk is also something that is pulling the stern over in that direction. Still, she doesn't turn worth a damn in reverse. To get her headed the right direction after backing out I have to throw it into forward which promptly swings the bow over and she's pointed straight out of the marina. It works perfectly, though a dock neighbor watching me for the first time looked a little concerned when I put her in forward while the bow was pointed at his boat.

You just gotta play with it and learn how your boat handles. Seriously though, my boat would make a 200 ft diameter circle if in reverse and 20-30ft if in forward.
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One thing I notice is a dirty prop can make prop walk worse. I can have barnacles grow in a matter of weeks. Next hull out I will try barnacle buster (Petit). Until then, I need to do a lot of diving.

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