I operate this boat
most of the time alone. So along with planning, and better yet no wind
, only my inputs effect the boat movements. Slack water high tide is probably the best time for new captains practice boat handling.
Most of the ports
in the US NW have bars to cross. The best time is slack water, high tide. Swells get closer together and higher as the water becomes shallower. So crossing a bar is best done at the high tide slack water. Boats have grounded at low tide because the trough is so deep. That can lead to the stern going over the bow.
In the inland passages to Alaska
and in most narrows you need to be aware of currents. I've been in a 22 knot
current in a boat that normally cruised at 7. Because of planning, it was going my way.