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C&C 35 Mark 1 - going into reverse issues

Oct 4, 2018
C&C Mark 1 Etobicoke
My C&C 35 Mark 1, has real issues trying to get any speed while going into reverse. It makes it very very difficult to stop the momentum and do any tight maneuvering. Does anyone have any suggestions how they set their gears, or is this just 'the way it is' for a 1973 boat, when marinas where not very crowded.

Oct 22, 2014
CAL 35 Cruiser moored EVERETT WA
Control of your boat is made up of multiple factors.
Speed, Freeboard, wind, currents, prop, keel, rudder, skill.

Lets start with a calm day and no current.
What type of prop do you have?
What type of keel?
What about your rudder?
Do you go out in the open water and practice spinning the boat within its own length?

Happy to discuss. Lets begin.