Eight maneuvers to silence “dockside busybodies”

Let’s face it, it’s a favorite pastime on docks around the world: when you’re maneuvering, perhaps there are only two of you in the boat and the wind is acting up, invariably there will be some onlooker on the dock watching you, waiting for a mistake… So we have selected for you eight maneuvers that will enable you, when the going gets tough, to get away with a great deal and amaze the “famous dockside curious.” These are maneuvers that you can also do on your own, designed for a wide variety of situations, with strong crosswinds or gardening, especially suitable for maneuvering safely even in the busiest harbors, when there is very little space available. In addition, we explain how to get out of a catway (increasingly present in Italian ports) when the crosswind threatens to slam the boat into its mooring neighbor. Memorize the maneuver on the ground and put our advice into practice with an outing during these winter months. Try until the maneuver is perfect.

How to give the backlash. Don’t you have a maneuvering joystick? No problem, to move your boat sideways you can take advantage of this maneuver, making it “wag” with a simple motor stroke. With the boat stationary, give a small stroke of the engine forward gear, thoroughly colliding the rudder. The boat will not move forward much; on the other hand, the propeller flow, diverted by the rudder blade, will move the stern. This is the tail shot, which you can use to right the boat. 1. You are windward, stable but too far to the left. 2. The tail stroke shifts your stern. 3. Engaging reverse gear for a moment, put the boat back in the axle; afterwards, enter the berth in forward gear, bow in the dock.


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