We berthed alongside the pier yesterday. Piece of cake with the the wind blowing us directly onto it. The wind direction has not changed, intensity around 10 – 14 knots. Take-off should be easy. We will be using a spring leaving stern first. Our time to pay the dues; It’s movie time.
Our Seascape cannot go sideways on own account. The wind is still pushing us onto the pier. Motorboats tied up in close distance to our bow and stern. What did we learn in sailing school and practiced until we dropped? Using a spring for turning the boat, followed by a controlled departure.
So, we are placing our big-ball fender at the bow, rigging a bow spring, casting off all other wraps, engine running in neutral. Sina at the slipping end of the spring. We are ready to go!
I’m putting the engine in forward motion, steering away from the pier. Nothing happens … perfect. Tension on the spring, stern pushed against the pier.
Time to roll. Full starboard rudder – steering towards the pier. Nothing happens. Weird. More throttle. Still nothing. Passengers start giving advice; more passengers are stopping to help or stare. “You need to move the fender a few inches back”, “The spring is too long”, “The spring is too short”, “We’ll try to push you away”, my favorite: “The spring has too much tension”…
It is beginning to dawn on me that the stern will not swing out until the boat is in forward motion. The draft of the engine vanishes between the twin rudders. It’s not adding any flow against them … but forward motion is not part of the maneuver – not yet anyways.
I am asking our crowed if someone ever did this maneuver with twin-rudders or knows an alternative. They are repeating some of the advise, not really following my argument.
We managed to leave but only after the boat ahead of us left providing enough room to get norðri moving.
There must be a trick. I will chew on it for while or ask someone who actually knows to educated me.
The following was supposed to happen:
@Twin-rudders: Thank you for your cooperation.