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Re: Big boat handling
The bigger the boat the slower everything happens. I operated an 80 footer that was 15 turns lock to lock and she was a breeze to handle because her prop was nearly 5' in diameter which gave her lots of thrust.
It sounds as though someone got cheap and picked up the wrong prop and it is probably going into forward to go backwards and vice versa. I had a boat like that and if this is so and it has a hydraulic transmission, the reverse clutch plates will burn out being used in forward.
Skipping Stone is 53' and 77k# and handles just fine. Don't worry about the windage as it's plenty heavy enough to remain in place longer than any smaller, lighter boat you have ever operated and the bow thruster will help a lot.
You will also get used to the hydraulic steering quickly. The only real difference is that you won't feel any resistance from the rudder, no matter how much weather or lee helm you have.
Don't let this boat intimidate you. It will be a lot easier than a smaller, lighter boat to handle.
"Any idiot can make a boat go; it takes a sailor to stop one." Spike Africa aboard the schooner Wanderer in Sausalito, Ca. 1964.
“Believe me, my young friend, there is nothing - absolutely nothing - half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.” ― Kenneth Grahame, The Wind in the Willows
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