Expert yachtsmaster Bill Johnson outlines his five golden rules for manoeuvring

Go slowly

As a general rule, the slower you go the better – it gives you more time to think, and causes far less damage if it goes wrong. The good news is that 90% of the time you can go as slowly as you like, and keep the yacht under full control.

There are some situations when you need use a bit more speed during a manoeuvre, and these generally involve the wind. A touch more speed through the water will give you more steerage so you can stop the bows from being blown sideways.

Leaving a finger berth in a strong cross wind? Provided there aren’t any obstructions behind you, get the yacht out quickly, like a cork out of a bottle.

  1. 1. Introduction
  2. 2. Go slowly
  3. 3. Take it calmly, don't panic, and don't try to show off
  4. 4. Not everything is possible
  5. 5. Try to do what the yacht 'wants' to do
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