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Re: Prop walk combined with wind

Use to have lots of problems with a left hand drive and two blade prop. Changed to right hand drive with a three blade prop = much more control! Now I can backup and have some control . . .

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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...;-)
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I went with a slip with a long side finger in part because I wanted to be able to pull in bow first. That should avoid most of the reasons for wanting to be in stern first (we'll loverlook the river, so a better view will be had from the stern).

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I went with a slip with a long side finger in part because I wanted to be able to pull in bow first. That should avoid most of the reasons for wanting to be in stern first (we'll loverlook the river, so a better view will be had from the stern).
Any problems departing? I usually find it easier to leave bow first. But stern first is usually a better view of the traffic in the fairway. It's all compromises, as in anything boating.

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Re: Prop walk combined with wind

Ambidextrous docking works too.
I can go in either way.

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Re: Prop walk combined with wind

That other mast looks familiar...

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Re: Prop walk combined with wind

Try it in one of these with a big cross wind, single screw. Oh, my!!

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