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How to Use Prop Torque

Learn how to use prop torque and make docking easier.

August 5, 2014
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How to Use Prop Torque

This entire illustration shows just one boat. There are three different views representing the effect of prop torque (aka “walk” or “kick”) in both forward gear and reverse gear. It’s a single-engine boat with a right-hand propeller.

At the top, we used color coding to show the prop rotation and the direction the transom will move with that rotation: The transom always moves in the direction of the prop’s rotationIf the transom moves one way, the boat’s bow moves the opposite way. The illustrations at left and right portray this fact, again using color coding to relate the direction the prop is moving to the direction the bow will move as a result of the “kick” or “walk” generated by propeller torque.

For even more prop torque tips, check out Learn How to Use Prop Torque.

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For more docking tips, check out: How to Dock in the Wind, Using “Controlled Coasting” to Dock

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