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Not me, I have four or five students, so I can assign one to be "engineroom" (steer, shift, and throttle outboard) and another to be "bridge" (hold the tiller midships or move it if we need it). Maybe a shorthanded crew would need more hands, but growing a third hand is part of the learning experience..
Also, how does a solid link between rudder and motor work if, once you're done with the motor, you're going to kick up the outboard to reduce drag, which is what we do on this lightweight boat? Seems to me learning to do both manually is part of the learning curve.
Later, they'll graduate to a Ranger 29 or something like that, then they'll miss being able to rotate an outboard when they're backing into, or out of, a slip ;-) Then they'll have to learn about prop-walk, a "kick ahead", and all the other stuff that helps a sailboat control its lateral movement while going astern (which latter is mostly an oxymoron)..
Last edited by nolatom; 05-20-2008 at 06:40 PM.