SeaTalks about Docking

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Posted 2015, Aug 31 06:22
Having reading the book and course "Maneuvering Under Power" I would appreciate to have your instructions how to drive a boat when wind blows across the dock and boat is stern to: like in figure 10 on the page 33 but stern to. To my opinion when wind is pushing a boat to a pier and you have to park a boat in a position "stern to"- this is most complicated maneuver especially when path from channel entrance to a parking place is long.
Posted 2015, Aug 31 22:09
When engaging reverse while still moving forward I hear a single thud noise about 1 second or so after reverse gear is engaged. Also I can feel a shake in the boat when it happens. I think this is prop cavitation . The boat is moving forward at just a couple of knots, Is this typical, or in your opinion what do you think it may be? Once it has happen the boat performs well, however I do not apply any more than 1500 RPM because of it The boat is a 37' C&C with a 17-9 3 bladed prop. I look forward to your thooughts Regards Larry
Posted 2016, Mar 31 18:07
While Maneuvering Under Power: I have my students turn the boat in a circle in one direction and then the other. Often, but not always, the boat will turn better in one direction than another. Any suggestions why that is?
Posted 2016, Mar 31 18:25
As Noted in "What you learned: The stern of the boat wants to go to the port (most boats)." However, on my check out cruise (15 May '10) Aboard S/V Indonesian Grace a Bavaria 42 Capt. Jamie McCarther demonstrated that the Bavaria German built boat walked to starboard. Any thoughts why the German built boats tend to walk to starboard and the American, such as Catalina, prop walk to port?
Posted 2016, Oct 31 18:36
Are any of the maneuvers described here dependent on the dock relative to the final position of the boat (port or starboard) - in particular when the wind is blowing into or out of the slip area?
Posted 2016, Dec 06 14:14
In (4) Part (c)... when the current is coming from the bow: Several questions: In the initial reversing (part (a): why not turn the wheel to starboard a little bit to starboard while in reverse, won't that help a little swing the bow out to port (not as much as a steerable outboard of course)? In part (b when you motor out on the diagonal and then steer to starboard to straighten out parallel to the slip. "Remember the rear of the boat will swing back towards the dock if you turn the wheel" <-- is this statement in the text accurate? won't the the stern will swing out to port as you turn to starboard since you are going forward?
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