Originally Posted by Jon.esp
Thanks Stephen Thats interesting
Can you steer it at all with any sea running or is that a lost cause
where we are a F5 sea breeze with a chop is the norm. coming into a narow harbour enternace could be interesting.
To be honest I haven't tried with any kind of a sea running - but I think it would be difficult. To offset any tendency to turn with the sea I would think the best answer would be to offset the tiller on the aux a bit more so it is tending to turn you back in to the sea, until your main engine is about in the straight ahead position for steering. Just my theory though - I haven't tried that! However I think it would work as the reason I run with my aux thrusting slightly to port is because I discovered I had lots of steering in one direction and bugger all in the other so I adjusted it till the boat was running more or less straight and I had reasonable steering in both directions.
The other reason I prefer to use the main engine as a rudder is that my boat is an awful lot wetter sitting on the tube at the blunt end than where I normally sit