If you have a big rudder
, you don't need as much speed/discharge current
. reversing DEAD SLOW is advisable with an unbalanced rudder
, especially with something like a large keel-hung rudder on a full keeler. With a tiller steer, she'll overpower you in a heartbeat. My rule
of thumb is just enough power to overcome wind
. I generally take the slow and steady approach.
If you are docking
in a tidal steam or a river or somewhere like that, halt the vessel somewhere nearby with safe distances to maneuver all around her, and do practice runs. If you get sneers from other boaters, just remember that you are the worthy seaman in doing so.
Have at least your bow line lead aft, and I like to have a short and long stern ready for use. I will often secure a line, and then use the line as a lever to finish my maneuvers. If I need to secure a bow line but don't want it to pull the bow yet, I'll let it pass through an aft winch
without a wrap until I am able to set it proper...
I would take this approach of a "dry run" many times when I had my first some large keelboat.