Originally Posted by a64pilot
On the throttle thing. Maybe it's just me but I always had to add quite a bit of reverse throttle when I was trying to pivot the boat. Seems a backwards turning prop is way more inefficient requiring quite a bit more RPM
to generate the same thrust as the one in forward and at idle.
It's all relative, of course... but I have 900 hp to play with
So ONE second (or less) in gear
-- in calm conditions -- is enough to kick the stern of the boat about a foot or so in one direction or other.
PO's target 40' powerboat may be similar... or if with gas engines, TWO seconds in gear
might be necessary. No throttle, in calm conditions... and this after coming to an almost complete stop, only barely moving.