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Something I’ve yet to master is steering my boat in reverse. I could blame it on the modified full keel or the undersized rudder, but I’m pretty sure it’s just because I haven’t spent enough time practicing yet.

When I say I haven’t “mastered” it, I actually mean that I’ve yet to feel any steerage whatsoever when the boat is going backwards. At first I thought it was just me, but Randy had the opportunity to try to back into our slip in Clearwater after I butchered the first 2 attempts.

His experience was similar.

In light of that, this morning before the coffee crowd had gathered at the dockstore, with Randy’s assistance I left and entered the marina twice. Both practice runs were thankfully uneventful, but I still don’t really have it figured out.

Looks like it’s going to take a good bit more practice. I do know I can leave the slip though, so that’s a good thing.

My parents got in town yesterday, so I’m really looking forward to taking them sailing this weekend.

I’ll have video of our crossing edited within a few days, so keep a lookout.

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