I have owned power boats for over 20 years, so you would think that I should have a rough idea how to handle one.
Well ... it just goes to show ...
My daughter and made a trip to Poole in "interesting" conditions about 3 weekends ago. When we arrived at Cobbs Quay Marina, we were directed to a berth that turned out to have another boat on it.
No problem, I called up the marina on the VHF and was given another berth. Its location meant that I needed to do a 3-point turn in order to be facing in the right direction. During this period, a "School" boat appears and I imagine that the skipper might have said something like "watch this boat go into its mooring - he looks like he ought to know what he is doing
I then proceeded to enter the newly designated berth and my daughter jumped onto the pontoon and secured the bow to the relevant cleat.
There was a strong wind (F6) blowing me off the berth, so I turned the helm, looked at the end of the pontoon (in expectation of getting closer) and gave a short blast of astern power to bring in the stern. What a shame I didn't check which way the outboard was pointing first!
Instead of the stern being brought into the berth, like I have done hundreds of times before, Aries IV - aided by several knots of wind - was propelled rapidly towards the neighbouring boat!
Fortunately, we bounced off without damage to either boat. The guys in the training boat fell about laughing - and who can blame them?
The obvious moral is - remember to check which way the outboard is pointing before going into gear!
I thought I'd share that with you.