A little background before I get to the question. I have a Catalina
27 with a 9.9 Johnson hanked on the stern. Dern thing will barely back out of the slip on it's own. So what I've learned to do is give the boat a shove and then jump on board with the engine
and then hit the throttle about 3/4 of the way open and it backs pretty good once enertia kicks in and the prop thrust builds. Going into the slip hitting reverse to stop or slow the boat is an excercise in futility so I bring it in slow and jump off and take a wrap around a cleat on the dock
from a toe rail cleat midships and the boat stops. I'd like to avoid all the shoving and jumping about when leaving and arriving at the slip as it causes a certain amount of amusement amongst the onlookers. Before I totally lose it and rush out and buy a 15 horse Honda
; I'm wondering if using a higher thrust prop would be a cheaper way to solve my problem. The prop I'm using now is a stock prop that came with the engine
. Your opinions will be greatly appreciated. I'm stuck here in Ohio
until March 12 and then I head
for Oak Harbor, Wa and I want to do something about this when I get out there.