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Re: Prop walk combined with wind
My boat (O'day 35, shoal draft fin keel, fixed 3 blade prop) has moderate prop walk. On my boat (YMMV) the stern moves to port but the bow stays in place (assuming no wind).
When docking I use prop walk to my advantage in that I approach with dock lines and fenders on port. I motor to the dock at a 45 degree angle to the dock with the engine in forward and at idle speed. When I'm 50 feet or so away I place the transmission in neutral. When I'm 1 boat length from the dock I place the transmission in reverse. The boat slows, the stern swings towards the dock, the bow continues to get closer and when the boat is against the dock I place the engine in neutral, step off, and tie up.
I can turn the boat on her axis by placing the rudder hard over to starboard and alternating between reverse to forward.
Pulling into a slip stern first is not something I do very often and I'm not good at it. Add some side wind and I am not happy. I had to do that a few years ago when staying in block island and it took me about 15 minutes to get into the slip. I didn't damage anything and eventually my heart rate and blood pressure came back down.
Deep Blue C, 2002 C&C 110
Mt. Sinai, NY
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