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Old 04-24-2012
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Re: Walks to Port in reverse.

My previous boat was a Catalina 27, fin keel, Atomic-4 with a 2-blade prop. Once the boat got moving is was as easy as backing up a car. I frequently backed into my slip from the pump-out dock, which was several hundred yards away, and I did this at relatively high speeds. On a couple occasions I had other sailboaters come over and asked "How in the Hell did you manage to maneuver through all those boats and pilings in reverse?" I even had one guy with a 25 footer ask if I would give him lessons on backing up using his boat. It took about five minutes in open water for him to understand that you cannot steer a boat unless it's moving. The next day he backed into his slip like he was driving his car, slipped it between the pilings and stopped the boat six inches from the dock. He was grinning from ear to ear, gave me a thumbs up, finished tying up and came over with an ice-cold beer in his hand.

Now I have a Morgan 33 Out Island with a full keel. Backing up and overcoming the prop-walk is very difficult to say the least, but I'm getting used to the excessive prop walk and compensating for it. Every keel design seems to be a bit different, with the fin keel being the easiest to work with when backing up.


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Re: Walks to Port in reverse.

Used to deal with that on my cat 30.... Just got used to it and didn't think much about it until I installed a 3 blade prop not long ago.... I can now back straight out of my slip and turn whichever way I want with ease.... I can't Beleive the difference..
I like the three blade propeller idea if it will eliminate the problem. To gain enough speed for steerage to make the 90 deg turn to starboard out of the slip I run out of room and would hit the boats behind me.
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