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I have to agree with the above, it's all a matter of steerage, prop walk, prop wash and crew on the spring lines. I spent 2 hours practicing backing up Saturday into a slip, and probably will again in a month or so. Like anything, a good crew can make the process easier but, for me anyway, it's all about practicing it.
The fairway turn, or emergency turn uses all 3, Prop walk/wash and steerage. On a boat with prop walk to port, it's a matter of getting steerage, turning hard to starboard, keeping it cranked over and shifting in reverse and watching your bow, when the bow stops drifting to starboard, put it in forward, and when it slows in turning, put it in reverse, ect... until you complete your turn. Practice this in a wide area at 1st so you can see how your boat reacts and you get your timing down. Even on a full keel you can get it to spin around in a short distance, if not totally pivot on the keel. Embarrassingly, I usually use this when I blow getting out of a slip, and the crew was not on top of the spring line and I am pointed in the wrong direction on the fairway because of prop walk, I call it plan "B"
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