Join Date: Jun 2005
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Re: Prop walk combined with wind
I've found that with limited maneuvering room and having to back in, a breeze blowing hard from port to stbd combined with prop walk, can induce starboard rotation that can't be halted and prevents me from staying "straight" long enough to get into the slip.
So, since the outer piling that would ultimately be the stbd bow line was well-fendered and boat has a steel-capped horizontal rubrail, I was able to stick the stern in far enough to get that bow line onto a starboard aft quarter cleat, then use it as a backing spring line to straighten her out, while we then boathooked the port dock lines and brought her in straight with no tears.
Note the emphasis on "well-fendered, and good rubrail", don't back in without them...;-)