Centaur wrote:As salamis says, shaft driven boats are a nightmare compared with an outboard / sterndrive boat. With my wakeboard boat, close quarters manoeuvering is much more cumbersome and directional control in astern is almost non-existant!!! However, after getting used to a shaft driven boat, a sterndrive boat seems a piece of cake so I wonder how much benefit the Ruddersafe would actually be.
Noddy also makes a very good point about coming alongside. Opposite lock just before a squirt of astern could have unexpected consequenses with the Ruddersafe, although the video doesn't say how effective it is in astern. Again, when coming alongside in my shaft driven boat, it really doesn't matter which direction the rudder is turned when engaging a bit of astern; forward momentum is arrested but the stern just drifts in on its original trajectory. Prop wash is more of a consideration as the right handed prop on my boat tends to pull the stern left when in astern. Although it's really the 'wrong' side, port side docking is therefore easier than docking to starboard.
Looking forward to getting a sterndrive again...
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