This may be a dumb question, but is it weird/why does my boat
insist on throwing its head
downwind under bare poles. Growing up with small lakeboats, my understanding was that the windage aft and shape of the hull
would cause a boat
to want to sit head
, drifting slowly backwards. My hunter
410 does just the opposite. This is especially noticeable when anchoring
or picking up a mooring
, when you want the boat head to wind
and sitting still for a few moments while you deal with stuff on the bow.
This morning I picked up a mooring
ball: Came up from leeward, bow into the wind just balanced, inching forward nice and slow. Let the boat coast up to the ball, ran forward and picked up the pendant. By the time I had everything cleated and happy, the boat had spun about 130 degrees, the bow was racing
to lee. The pendant took the tension and the boat made a wild slewing motion to force the head back up into the wind as I settled onto the mooring. Not a massive deal or too dangerous, but super annoying and probably funny
looking for the neighbors.
So the question is: is this common behavior, or is my boat weird? Or am I doing something stupid to cause this behavior? Or do all boats sit this way when left alone, and my memories of lakeboats sitting nicely head-to-wind are totally imagined?
I have a ton of windage aft - solar panels
, probably laundry
hanging out to dry... It feels so unlikely that the bow should want to fall to lee faster than the stern, but this appears to be the case...
I have a 1998 Hunter
410 with the shoal keel