Bellamar has (to my mind) a massive amount of propwalk. I have slowly been able to manage it, but it is topmost in my mind when docking
, there is only 2' 10'' between myself and the large powerboat I am berthed next to.
Well, last summer I sailed over to Vancouver
to pick up my daughter and her husband to take sailing. I berthed at Coal Harbour, in about the fanciest marina in BC. I felt like the poor 3rd cousin. When docked, I removed the wheel
to give more room in the cockpit
, as my daughters in-laws came down for dinner.
Next morning we set out to go sailing, I pushed Bellamar free, jumped aboard and to my horror found the wheel
was still bungy corded to the lifelines!! We were inexohortably drfting into a line of super expensive yachts. I scrambled about, got the wheel on and managed to apply power
, seemingly inches from some million dollar yacht. The bow had drifted off in the wrong direction, and I then had to do a 270 (propwalk) with by this time a gaggle of onlookers.
Luck was with me, no one got scratched, and lesson well and truly learned. I have added one more item to my checklist before leaving the dock
. I actualy took a bite out of the demon that day, but she's (he's??) still lurking.