Originally Posted by GordMay
Doesn't it always try to turn the stern to Port, when in reverse?
Yes it does. So if I need the stern to go to port its fine.
If I need it to go to Starboard its a little more difficult - and sometimes she gets outright naughty - I need to get the stern heading in that direction when still going forward.
Other trick I use is to take a long slow run up in astern. If I can have her going from stopped for 50 meters then she will come to starboard.
from here that I met a few months ago had a similar problem. When he was in the BVI's he took a box of beer
into the Moorings/Sunsail base and asked the employees who park the boats if he could watch what they do. He went from boat to boat for a few hours and they backed boats into slips at 99 knots, showed him all the tricks! Best value box of beer!
When I first got this boat I used to do Figue of 8's in astern around a couple of mooring
balls. Its good fun and helps get the hand of a new boat. Looks a bit weird to passers-by.