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  1. #11
    Join Date
    Apr 2009
    Location
    Savannah, GA.
    Boat
    SeaRay
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    2005 360 Sundancer
    Engine(s)
    8.1 gas guzzling hogs
    Posts
    443

    Re: Any tips for backing in a boat with a single engine?

    Always back into the current. Go slow, I don't care how many times you have to adjust. I would rather take a few extra minutes than hit the dock. And as everyone says the more practice you get, the better you become. There is nothing like having the dock hands say, wow, I've seen several captians today hit the dock, but you brought her in perfect!!
    Chris
    2005 360 Sundancer (Current)
    2007 240 Sundancer (Previous)

  2. #12
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    Location
    Stamford CT "Ponus Yacht Club"
    Boat
    Searay
    Details
    1995 400EC. Raymarine E80,4kw dome, Garmin 235 gps, 11ft Baltik / 15hp on St croix davits.
    Engine(s)
    2013 7.4L Mercruiser Blue water. Hurth straight shaft 630's, Westerbeke 7.0 BCG
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    1,541

    Re: Any tips for backing in a boat with a single engine?

    Practice, is the only way.
    I had a single outdrive 27 for 10 years.
    (Make sure people are watching from the dock....somehow that makes it harder?)

    I will add to all the sound info above:

    I like to start very close to the slip at a 90 degree angle and pivot the boat in.
    Trying to back in straight from any distance will not work too well.
    You will always loose the bow to the wind or current so, use it.
    The wind direction will tell you which way to start the procedure.
    Also, the boat will not stay in position for more than a few seconds.
    Have fenders in place and all lines ready.
    (I used to have a bow line run back to an aft cleat so, stepping off I had control of the bow)
    It is different every time!
    Enjoy,
    Mark.
    Mark.

  3. #13
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Location
    Wayzata, MN
    Boat
    Cobalt
    Details
    1997 200 BR
    Engine(s)
    5.7 LX B3
    Posts
    3,031

    Re: Any tips for backing in a boat with a single engine?

    Quote Originally Posted by Air O'Nautical View Post
    I like to start very close to the slip at a 90 degree angle and pivot the boat in.
    Trying to back in straight from any distance will not work too well.
    You will always loose the bow to the wind or current so, use it.
    The wind direction will tell you which way to start the procedure.
    Also, the boat will not stay in position for more than a few seconds.
    Have fenders in place and all lines ready.
    (I used to have a bow line run back to an aft cleat so, stepping off I had control of the bow)
    It is different every time!
    All of the above is sooooo true.

    I will echo what everyone else has said about short bursts and practice. Backing into a slip is an orchestra of forward and reverse maneuvers. You can spin a single screw on it's axis with a series of reverse/forward maneuvers. Start in neutral and turn hard to port and bump into reverse gear long enough to get some motion, bump to neutral, turn hard to starboard and bump to forward gear, bump to neutral, hard to port, repeat.

    Here's my routine with the finger pier on my port side: I pull up perpendicular to my slip about 5' out. I bring the boat to a stop with the pier about mid-ship. Crank hard to port and bump into reverse then back to neutral. This pulls the stern in. Crank hard to starboard while in neutral and bump to forward then back to neutral. This pushes the stern toward the dock and pushes the bow to starboard. Crank to port and bump into reverse. Repeat until I am lined up and pull straight back.

    Practice, practice, practice.
    Founder of BoatingSuite.com


    Previous Sea Rays:
    2008 280 Sundancer (496 MAG, BIII, Gen) - SOLD
    2008 240 Sundeck (350 MAG, BIII) - SOLD

  4. #14
    Join Date
    Nov 2009
    Location
    Lake Wateree/SC Coast
    Boat
    SeaRay 260 DA
    Details
    2005 260 Sundancer 2000 F-350 Diesel
    Engine(s)
    350 Mercruiser Bravo III
    Posts
    512

    Re: Any tips for backing in a boat with a single engine?

    Rip some gelcoat off and you'll learn much faster! :)

  5. #15
    Join Date
    May 2010
    Location
    Michigan
    Boat
    Sea Ray
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    1997 250 Sundancer
    Engine(s)
    5.7 EFI/ BIII
    Posts
    1,508

    Re: Any tips for backing in a boat with a single engine?

    Thanks for the tips, I am going to wait for a few weeks & try it - Hardly anyone will be left at teh marina and I know the harbor master well so he will let me "borrow" a slip to practice on. I don't need to worry about current but the wind is always a factor.

    LK


  6. #16
    Join Date
    Sep 2009
    Location
    Indiana lakes and Lake Michigan
    Boat
    Sea Ray
    Details
    97 270DA 5k Kohler A/C, 85 Monaco 197
    Engine(s)
    7.4 300hp BII, 260hp Alpha 1
    Posts
    7,622

    Re: Any tips for backing in a boat with a single engine?

    Quote Originally Posted by Air O'Nautical View Post
    (I used to have a bow line run back to an aft cleat so, stepping off I had control of the bow)
    It is different every time!
    Enjoy,
    Mark.
    Up on Lake Michigan I NEVER am in a slip that I can "step off" from. More like a small rock climb.

  7. #17
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Location
    S.W. Ohio
    Boat
    Silverton
    Details
    330 Sport Bridge
    Engine(s)
    5.7 MPI 350 Merc Bluewaters
    Posts
    5,029

    Re: Any tips for backing in a boat with a single engine?

    Backing my single 290 into my slip, in the wind is a royal pain. Have an abort plan and recognize a bad approach early. Do not hesitate to abort and try again....several times if needed. A good captain will not try to force a bad approach.

    I do go relatively slow but when it's windy / current it is a balance between too slow and no control. I have fenders tied every where in my slip, especially the fronts of the fingers where you may accidentally strike your stern.
    Silverton 330 Sport Bridge, Kohler 7.3KW gennie, 8'6" Zodiac 3.5merc
    Previous:
    1992 Sea Ray 290DA
    1990 Sea Ray 220DA
    1989 Sea Ray 200 Bow Rider
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  8. #18
    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    Location
    Marysville, WA
    Boat
    Searay
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    2000 260DA w/Garmin 545s GPS with Standard Horion GX1500S DSC VHF
    Engine(s)
    5.7L EFI with New Gen Bravo III Merc
    Posts
    10,043

    Re: Any tips for backing in a boat with a single engine?

    Nothing more than practice. Take is slow and easy as others have mentioned.
    I always pull in stern first. I pull up to the slip, see how much the wind or tide is affecting me. I then compensate and make my move to align and back down. I want to make sure whatever I do the movement of the boat is going into whatever wind or tide movements there are. Once to do this a few times you will quickly see how your boat responds. Just go practice several times over and over. After 30 minutes of doing this you'll feel much more comfortable.
    Skål, Todd

    ~Nehalennia ∆~ Celtic Goddess of the Seafarers
    2000 ~ SeaRay ~ 260DA, 5.7L EFI, Bravo III

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  9. #19
    Join Date
    Sep 2010
    Location
    Satellite Beach, FL
    Boat
    Sea Ray
    Details
    1995 250 Sundancer
    Engine(s)
    5.7L Mercruiser w/Bravo II
    Posts
    957

    Re: Any tips for backing in a boat with a single engine?

    LK - thanks a lot for starting this thread, I've really gotten a lot out of it! I'm ready to go try some of these recommendations tomorrow.

  10. #20
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Location
    Wayzata, MN
    Boat
    Cobalt
    Details
    1997 200 BR
    Engine(s)
    5.7 LX B3
    Posts
    3,031

    Re: Any tips for backing in a boat with a single engine?

    Quote Originally Posted by Quint4 View Post
    I have fenders tied every where in my slip, especially the fronts of the fingers where you may accidentally strike your stern.
    I have an inflatable dock wheel at the end of my dock. It's nice when you need to use the corner to help pivot...

    Founder of BoatingSuite.com


    Previous Sea Rays:
    2008 280 Sundancer (496 MAG, BIII, Gen) - SOLD
    2008 240 Sundeck (350 MAG, BIII) - SOLD

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