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Re: Outboard ... what am I doing wrong ???
When we back out, the key is to be -SLOW- and plan ahead, remember that the thrust of the motor is not what is going to move you, it's your weight and momentum. I have the same motor and we only engage it in reverse, I don't add any throttle, that's enough to get us moving. After the shrouds pass the end of the dock, I put it into neutral and drift backwards, once the bow clears, I put it into forward and give it a small amount of throttle before I start turning out. It's easier to speed up than to slow down and going too fast has gotten me into trouble more than once. I barely even engage the throttle until we are out of the marina.
If I need to maneuver more than small changes, I twist the outboard instead of our tiller. I've found that using both at the same time is best, but my rudder is useless in reverse and only so effective until we get going. The rudder has to have enough control authority to steer the boat, we back so slowly that it barely has any at all. If you find yourself backing into things, remember that the boat will continue to drift without power, so learn to determine when you should put the motor in neutral to keep from going too fast when you are pulling into the dock or backing out.
Having an outboard is awesome, it's like a stern thruster, it can get you into some really tight spaces, it does take some getting used to though.