This afternoon, I docked (badly in a wind) at Oshwego Marina in NY State after checking in with US border crossing service around 3pm.
Life, as always, is a learning experience. I learned today that when you have to quickly reverse the boat, the throttle must first go from forward to neutral to stop the engines and only then to reverse. Since on my boat there is a 1 or 2 second delay after moving the throttle at all, it takes 3 to 4 seconds to go from forward to reverse.
Being inexperienced, I tried to miss step #1; however, in order to protect the transmission, the system, I discovered, ignores your command. Ergo while anticipating a move to reverse, nothing happens, and the boat is still going forward.
Yes, 60,000 lbs can do a lot of damage after it hits an immovable object. Sometimes it