Ok, once again....This is a great post ! BUT
I have had nice success by myself...rowing hard to slow the craft and setting up so I can get the best drift while casting. By myself or with a frontseater. The past few years I've had the pleasure of having Mr. Minn Kota (101-3-x) at my service and he can point the boat and change the speed that we go thru a drift. Then go up and do it all over again
Sidedrifting is not as complicated as everyone makes it out to be.