Backing into a slip is indeed an art form. But once you learn it you’ll be proud of it and your crew will be impressed.
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Here is a situation that comes up when needing to make a tight turn into the slip. During the turn, your boat gathers angular momentum. Meaning once it starts the turn it wants to continue the turn and it will ding you into the slip sides, and at a minimum, chip your gorgeous gel coat and develop gnarly scratches.
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The best way to gain valuable backing experience is to take the NauticEd Maneuvering Under Power course. It leads you through dozens of real exercises on the water so that you can gain experience perfectly maneuvering your boat.
Don’t look like a dufus in front of everyone. Become an expert now!