Re: Best way to stop a boat?
I'll totally agree with extra slow is always best around a dock, but I am struggling with the recommendations to avoid using reverse for slowing/stopping . . .
Unless the wind is perfect, which is rare, I always
use reverse around docks. A good example is when approaching for a side tie. I come in at a pretty shallow angle, the last fairly long stretch in neutral, but still moving forward. Slow enough that if the engine or I screw up, I won't hit harder than I can live with. Anyway, a few feet before contact, I turn the wheel hard towards the dock and put the drive in reverse (shifted properly as per the manual . . .). This technique if done correctly will align the boat parallel to the dock without contact, yet close enough for you or your crew to reach the dock and tie her off.
Another example: I often drop passengers off directly from the bow. In this case I approach the dock at 90 degrees, again very slowly and the last stretch in neutral. Just before contact I put her in reverse and when she stops perfectly just before contact, I put her in neutral and my passengers gently step off. No contact whatsoever, but I have no idea how you do that without reverse or somebody's arm . . . which in my way of thinking is bad anyway. I often tell my passengers not to use their arms as I will sacrifice my rubrail before their arm (see Dockside Chat broken leg thread . . .
Frankly, I have absolutely no idea why anybody here is recommending against using reverse as a brake around docks when done properly. Yes, I approach VERY slowly, and roll my eyes at idiots that maneuver at higher speeds, but I always use reverse (or forward) as a brake when gently sliding into a slip (I often reverse into slips). How else do you guys show off by docking correctly
That's half the fun for me . . . When was the last time any of you guys was on a Charter, or a water taxi, or anything with a licensed captain? I guarantee they use reverse to stop their crafts before contact . . .
With all of the above said, I posted a thread recently about a friend of mine's daughter throwing Daddy's boat in reverse at 20+ MPH. Now that