Over Hill Sailing Club
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Adirondacks NY
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Re: Sailed singlehanded for the first time yesterday.
I always try to come up on my port side if possible, even if I have to swing 180 degrees, so that the prop wash in reverse will kick the stern in: Nose in slowly, reverse, rev up a bit to swing stern in and stop forward progress, kick into neutral. Then, as Aaron indicated above, jump off with both bow and stern lines in hand. This also is the only way to grab a lock pipe singlehanded: come up and stop centered on the pipe, wrap lines opposing directions in back of pipe and then tension as needed. You have full control. I get lots of practice coming up and down the Champlain Canal. And, yes, with a deep draft/keel attached rudder like my A35...forget slow maneuvering in reverse.
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Last edited by smurphny; 07-28-2012 at 04:21 PM.