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I never back into a slip. I have full keel
There is a trick to backing those long keel heavy displacement boats. Maybe you already do it.

The idea is to steering when reverseing, don't steer while in reverse

Swing the stern around in forward until you have it pointing the direction you want it to go, then back on her and get some way on. If you need to make a correction. Give it some wheel as if you were turning her in forward, give a bump on the throttle in forward, repoint the stern. Once you have it where you want it, back on it again. They will generally back pretty well like that. There may be a bit of an arc due to the prop walk, but you get used to adjusting for that.

In some ways those long keel heavy boats are nice to back, because they're predictable the weight and resistance from the long keel keep them from blowing around too much.
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Give it some wheel as if you were turning her in forward, give a bump on the throttle in forward, repoint the stern
Never heard this before; conceptually makes a lot of sense. I know what I'll be practicing on my next outing!
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If really unsure and you have a she’ll get on the other side . Remember that water must flow across the rudder for it to be effective.


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Re: Docking Practice

Three things have happened to me over the past few years:

1) I got better at backing in.
2) I accepted the fact that they're called "rub rails" for a reason (related to #1).
3) I have gotten a little more frustrated seeing people drive their 50%-longer boats in and out out of the slip like a station wagon on a paved driveway.
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In strong winds (we don't get much current where I'm at) I "cross the T" at my mooring. I approach with the wind on the beam and slightly upwind of the buoy. Once I have a little overlap on the buoy I stop the boat and let it drift down on the buoy. When the boat contacts the buoy it will start to pivot around it and I have plenty of time to go up and hook the mooring line. My buoy is plastic and doesn't scratch the hull, some others are steel and you wouldn't want to do that with one of those.
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