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Re: My Horror Story
I agree, something is wrong here, engine should easily push against such a weak current. "Engine runs away", WHAT? are you sure it is doing that? Could it be a slipping clutch or slipping prop on shaft that suddenly slips allowing the motor to spin up to max RPM? You might need to check the engine Governor but I doubt it.
Find a good place to anchor and leave her there while you think it over with a clear head.
I too used to get so stressed about sailing stuff I was nearly unable to do anything but that seems to have passed. Now, I concentrate on doing everything slowly even when everybody else says "STOP, You're GONNA HIT THAT BOAT" I'll calmly look things over and consider my actions.
Your boat can take a lot of abuse, hitting a bridge, been there, done that. It's really disconcerting when they close on you. Hitting rocks, done that too and doing so in the river won't hurt you. Resist the temptation to jump overboard to try to fix things, BAD idea.
There is nothing wrong with getting stressed in such unfamiliar conditions, in fact, there'd be something wrong if you weren't. We try tell ourselves that we logically know how to act at times like this but lack of familiarity shuts down the brain.
You might also just be in one of those times of life when you are prone to panic attacks. I went thru that for three years when as soon as I was in open water fear took over and I was unable to think even in calm weather. The human mind is a weird thing.