Originally Posted by umphrey1012
New boat owner here and having some difficulty backing up my 27' Hunter
into my slip. I don't have a ton of experience, which is definitely part of the problem, but I'm running into an issue where the prop walk pulls me left a lot before I ever can get steerage, which makes it hard to hit my slip. I almost want to just back the whole way into the marina! I've only really handled another boat under power (a 35' during my ASA
course) and it pulled to the left on backing up but definitely got steerage relatively quickly.
Are there any tricks to help with this? I'm generally keeping it in idle when backing up but should I give it a bit more power to get it going back more quickly or will that just pull me more to the side? I'm trying out different techniques getting into the marina, but people get nervous when the see me keep turning around in the fairway, I have no idea why...
Things to consider:
1) Sailboats generally dont back worth a damn. So practice lots.
2) Don't fight propwalk. Work with it. It's your magic rudder but it only works one way.
3) practice backing in open water
Another trick I use on our Liberty 458 with a maxprop and lots of propwalk is this:
1) using the steer, gear
, throttle procedure i place rudder dead ahead before reversing.
2) after applying a burst of reverse i'll throttle down to let the flow over the rudder lose its turbulence. If i have enough room i can then steer in reverse.
3) if i dont have enough room i'll alternate reverse and forward to regain steerage.
Here's the dilemma:
When reversing in our boat under power the flow over the rudder is not laminar. It's turbulent and the rudder is effectively stalling. And you know what happens in an aircraft with a stalled wing. We often lose our depth
reading at the same time. The turbulence is significant when you first start reversing.
Bursts of forward clean up this flow and allow us to regain control.
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