[Public-List] reversing

gordon white via Public-List public-list at lists.alberg30.org
Fri Aug 8 16:58:27 PDT 2014

    Reversing is a problem with almost any single-screw boat other than 
those with outboards of outdrives. The torque (on an A-30 anyway) pushes 
the boat to port.

     The solution taught me by an old captain was to give a strong burst 
of power to get the boat moving, then reduce power or go into neutral 
and steer with the rudder. Short bursts of power work well for me. Of 
course currents and wind complicate things.

     Worse, for me, is coming to a pier with an outboard that won't 
steer except under power. Essentially no rudder.

  - Gordon White, Brigadoon II


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