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Difficulty;maneuverability underpower, 35' sailboat shoal keel
I recently posted a thread on docking and that I was having a difficult time with our recently purchased Pearson 35' with a shoal draft. Since then, my wife and I are tyring to become certified in a few ASA sailing courses. The first course, we used our sailboat and even the instructor had a really hard time manuvering the sailboat underpower, especially in reverse as the boat had it's own agenda in reverse. The next course we used a Hunter 31 (newer model). Although I prefer a heavier sailboat, the boat moved on a dime underpower and we were able to back in a very tight space, manuver around, etc...
Question is: Why is the Pearson 35 so differcult underpower, especially in reverse? Is it the shoal draft that is not allowing the sailboat to perform turns in reverse?
Any other sailers with a 35' + sailboats with shoal draft that has similar issues?
Our instructor that weekend pointed out all the larger Cape Dorys that were docked bow in because that also had shoal draft and they would have the same problem going in reverse. That is what he said, not me.
Thanks in advance!