Piling Pivot


We’ve been experimenting to find the center of lateral resistance (CLR) around which the FPB 64 pivots. Laying against a piling is the perfect way to establish CLR location.


If you have a husky rub rail, using a piling to pivot the boat can work really well. With wind or current holding you on the piling, once the piling is forward of the CLR the stern will swing right around with the wind or current. If the piling is aft of the CLR, it is the bow which will be carried down wind or downstream.

On occasion when we’ve been trapped in a tight area with insufficient turning room we’ve used this process to avoid significant embarrassment.

Posted by Steve Dashew  (April 3, 2010)

5 Responses to “Piling Pivot”

  1. Gilles Philippin Says:

    Hi again Steve and Linda, while looking at Avatar finding his CLR location, I noticed the holes between the house windows. Are they for storm shutters? With the thickness (and they are strong!) of the windows, what kind of storm shutters did you prescribe? By the way, I keep hoping you would take the time to visit us in the St-Laurence in Quebec when you take Wind Horse back to warmer climate check out “archipel de MINGAN”, it a good example! bye!

  2. Steve Dashew Says:

    Hi Gilles:
    Yes, those holes are 12mm threaded inserts for the storm shutter system. I cannot imagine shutters being required but we supply them in 19mm/3/4″ ply just in case.

  3. Victor Raymoond Says:


    You are braver and a much more experienced sailor than I am. Knowing my luck a gust would find the mast and blow us over whacking off one of the stanchions for sure.

    I admit it sure would be nice to know the CLR location exactly, however, just need the guts to do it.


  4. Steve Dashew Says:

    Hi Victor:
    You just need to pick a day with a steady breeze.

  5. Colin Stone Says:

    You can also do this on a calm day to establish the underwater CLR by simply loosening off the lines and pushing the vessel bodily off the pier/jetty/pontoon. At the centre of the UW CLR, the vessel will move off parallel to the jetty, at other places the bow or stern will move off first.