Turning Port Or Starboard? It Makes A Difference.


While we drive one way today… North to Clayton, we thought it might be fun to talk about turning left and right.

This past, past, weekend, while out on the water we kinda got in a bit of a tough spot in shallow water. Ya see we could only turn left in Jimmy’s boat. And well. It’s a right turner, left is like doing the Austen Powers 3 ..10 point turn.

Now to be honest I always forget which side turns better, so its a 50/50 shot. I suppose it has something to do with the rotation of the prop. I know backing up, the prop does 99% of the steering. I start sweating every time I think of backing into a slip. YIKES. The good news is no one is watching a classic boat with a vintage rumbling flathead docking. Right? Using a small burst of the throttle in reverse and forward is all part of the sweat factor.

Have fun today while we are on the road, you kids that are staying home, NO JUMPING ON THE BEDS! Also if you are not up to date on the Plaid Puzzle. It may have been solved thanks to jason and some others out there. the comments are a fun unraveling of the twists and …. turns of the search. See I brought it back… FULL circle to turns. Wooohooo. ROAD TRIP!


14 replies
  1. Johnny V.
    Johnny V. says:

    6:00 AM departure time scheduled. I’ll be in the “Fat Earl Jr’s World of Bargains” T-shirt making fun of the “polishers” in the flea market.

  2. Greg Lewandowski
    Greg Lewandowski says:

    With one boat that backs to starboard and the other to port, it keeps life interesting. All part of the great lifestyle!
    Have a great weekend in Clayton and say hi to all of our friends there.

  3. Bryan tousey
    Bryan tousey says:

    The marina I used to work at our favorite saying when moving boats was “go ahead back up”.

  4. Wilson
    Wilson says:

    I remember making a wrong turn coming out of the Syracuse Airport enroute to Clayton when the highway department was painting an overhead ramp. A highway patrol car was parked near the exit with light flashing so I drove to him to ask directions on how to get out of the airport and on to the interstate. Instead of directions, he gave me a ticket for being on the wrong road. Same thing happened to the guy who got the rental car next to mine and was right behind me. WELCOME TO NEW YORK ! I asked a lawyer at the show how I should respond. He said, “Forget it and pay it…It was the end of the month and they were making their quota.
    So much for left turns, right turns and wrong turns.

  5. Steve
    Steve says:

    Matt, Great job on the plaid mystery! I love Google! That kind of research could have taken months…even years to to. Hopefully you can find some or have some made?

  6. Scott Ales
    Scott Ales says:

    My father would never allow us to touch the throttle when docking. To him, it was a thing! Managing the wind, any current, momentum of the Boat, and the lovely Crash-O-Matics on “Summer Affair”, our 1959 Chris Connie 31′ was a form of Art. We then moved up to a 46′ Connie with 431 Lincoln’s. Again, bring her in and out of the slip (Moline, Illinois) without touching the throttles or dock. And he offered no mercy when piloting our Century Resorter. Just because it had one drive, it wasn’t an acceptable excuse. Just use the rotation in your favor. It should be easier!

    If he heard anyone revving up their engines while docking he would say, ” Hmm… must be a non-boater” In his view, there were only two kinds of people in the world, Boaters, and Non- Boaters.

  7. Tom
    Tom says:

    Matt stop by Grandpa’s Dream tomorrow and I will give you a lesson on how to back into a slip. NO throttle, NO steering and NO bow thruster. Also NO help from the dock crew.

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