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Before moving your boat or mooring it think about what the wind is doing. Is there a tide? You cannot fight these elements. You must let them help you. Much has been written about mooring but if you always look to the wind and tide and try to picture the manoeuvre you need to do and think about how the forces will act on your boat you probably won’t go far wrong.

Put fenders out, on both sides, you never know what may happen, you might
suddenly be forced to change your mind. Have three ropes ready. One on the
bows and one on each side at the stern. They should be fairly long so they can be
thrown if necessary. One boat length should be enough. Coil them and lay them
down on deck so they are ready to use. When you pick up the rope later to use it,
re coil it. It shouldn’t take long but it guarantees a good throw.

Remove sail covers and bend sails on. Your engine might breakdown but you can
keep control of the boat using your sails. Make sure the anchor is ready to drop for
the same reason.

A Boat is not a car. If you are having difficulty getting in to a space and you can get a line ashore, then do it. It’s how they used to do it in the old days. Often a rope is better all round. It’s certainly quieter.

Only start your engine a couple of minutes before you depart. The engine will
warm up while you gently motor out of the marina. Remember the smell from your engine, even if it doesn’t smoke, will travel far on the wind and perhaps spoil
someone else’s breakfast/lunch/snifter.

Prop walk is the effect when you go backwards and the propeller causes the stern
of the boat to go sideways. Most yachts will pull the stern towards port. This
knowledge can be helpful when coming alongside for example. If your prop walks
to port then mooring to port will always be easier than mooring to stb. To ascertain your prop walk, go hard astern from forward and see which way the stern goes. Do this in a non wind, non tidal situation.

Prop wash is the effect of the flow of water from the propeller over the rudder. This is helpful when trying to turn your yacht in a tight space. My friend Tom calls this manoeuvre the “Power Turn” and I can’t think of a better description. If your boat kicks to port the best way to turn it is to turn to Stb and then just before you stop turning, go astern and leave the helm where it is. Before you gather any sternway gun it forwards. Repeat until you have turned.

Most Yachts will go backwards, even old ones. Chances are they will need a bit of
space to do it but eventually once they have way on they can be steered quite well. She can be coaxed if you keep the revs down, this will reduce prop walk to a
minimum allowing her to go backwards as straight as she is able.
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