Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Vancouver Island
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My shaft line comes straight out and I still get prop walk. All the single screw ships I have driven also get propwalk, to some degree, regardless of the angle the shaft left the hull.
It is always difficult, especially when there is wind and current. That's why they invented tugs. When I was Captain of a 100 ton classic yacht I always had a dinghy in the water to check the swing from prop walk, wind or whatever because it was often unmanageable and always different. The only thing you know for sure is that it isn't going to go straight
There is no pat solution. Each day is different even at the exact same dock. Each boat is different. Just keep practicing but as some one here says in their signature block. Only go as fast as you want to hit ....
There is a tide in the affairs of men,
Which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune;
Omitted, all the voyage of their life
Is bound in shallows and in miseries.
Shakespeare, Julius Caesar IV, iii, 217