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Old 21 May 2011, 04:39   #11
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You can do some really nice maneuvering with twins if you get used to working them. Spinning in place, walking sideways, etc. Takes a bit of practice though.

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How do you walk sideways? I've not come across that one before.
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How do you walk sideways? I've not come across that one before.
To walk to starboard you put the starboard engine in slow astern and the port in slow ahead, then you switch the starboard to ahead also briefly. Finally with the helm to starboard you give a dab of astern on both and pull the back in. Repeat as required.
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You can "walk sideways" with a single too (Tim Griffin taught me how)
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Old 21 May 2011, 08:40   #14
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There's one or two "single" lads on here who walk a bit funny...
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from experience as helm of a coastguard rib with twin 40's the motors were so close together that manouevering advantages don't exist and it was far better to leave one in neutral when maonouevering and work with the other. One in forward and t'other in reverse just resulted in a lot of confused water. On a bigger boat then its another matter. On the cruiser we had use of it was like driving a tracked vehicle, whilst the cat on twin jets is amazing.
Peace of mind is the only advantage for me in twins-but there's a lot to be said for that when you're on your own at sea.
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