I don’t need the bow thruster! I make the most of the one I have….

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propellerIn confined spaces, did you know that you can rotate the boat on itself without the aid of the bow thruster, taking advantage of the rotation of the propeller? It is important to remember that the direction of rotation varies with the propeller: right-handed ones will move the stern to the left in reverse gear and vice versa.

HERE’S HOW TO DO IT, STEP BY STEP

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1. With a right-handed propeller, the most common, begin the maneuver with the boat stationary and also trying where possible to get help from the wind. To rotate clockwise give a sharp blow forward with the rudder all the way to the right.

 

2. You will see that the stern begins to rotate due to the propeller flow actually moving the boat. The clashing rudder will accentuate this effect. Put it in neutral before the hull begins to move forward.
2. You will see that the stern begins to rotate due to the propeller flow actually moving the boat. The clashing rudder will accentuate this effect. Put into neutral before the hull begins to move forward.

 

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3. With the rudder on the left, firmly engage reverse gear: this will further shift the stern to the left while keeping it on its axis of rotation. Engage neutral to avoid forward motion.

 

4. Engage the forward gear again and repeat the operation. You will drift a little sideways, without using water in front or behind you. An ideal method for untangling between two parallel docks.
4. Engage the forward gear again and repeat the operation. You will drift a little sideways, without using water in front or behind you. An ideal method for disentangling two parallel docks.

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