Sailing Adventures

Physics of Docking - Backing the Boat

The next technique we need to learn is how to back the boat. Usually we are faced with moving forward. But it is important to know how to accurately back the boat as well. This is a useful skill if we want to dock stern-in in a slip. It is also important for those occasions when we pull into a narrow fairway only to find that we are in the wrong fairway or the slip we intended to dock in is already occupied.

In this episode, we will discuss a couple of ways to control the boat whilst backing in reverse. See it here: