Ferrying In Wind and Current
A boat "vectors," or reacts, to two forces acting on it from different directions, such as wind or current and propeller thrust. For example, if the wind is coming toward you at a 45-degree angle, your boat will slide sideways as it moves forward. Paddlers in canoes and kayaks know this effect as ferrying, and use it to avoid turning sideways and capsizing when crossing a strong current. Skilled powerboaters ferry to slide neatly into a dock. The place to experiment with ferrying is in open water. Once you get it working, you'll feel like it's magic, and people watching will too.