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How NOT to drive a power boat

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Re: How NOT to drive a power boat

Could have been a lot worse if the boat had flipped.

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yikes I know jack about running a cigarette boat but im willing to bet it was du to inexperience
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Didn't that guy know that you never leave the wheel while in gear?
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The way the driver flops over makes it look like he was unconscious already. Everyone else tries to hold on, but he just flies across the boat. Wierd.
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Didn't that guy know that you never leave the wheel while in gear?
After viewing the video I don't think he meant to, looks like he lost his footing & got thrown from the helm seat.

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Re: How NOT to drive a power boat

I'm thinking inexperience as well.

It looks to me as if he's pumping the throttles pretty hard, fire-walling them when the prop's in the water and chopping them when the wheel's out of the water.

He's also making a gentle turn to starboard, which is something you don't want to do if the hull's coming out of the water. All the thrust is aft, and if you goose the throttles all that's gonna do is kick the stern around as the boat's getting airborne. So if the boat's already starting to spin in the air, once the keel does hit the water and bites the new direction of movement is not gonna be the same as it was in the air.

Bad combo...

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What is that with slamming the throttle up and back?
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How come powerboaters get all the chicks?

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What is that with slamming the throttle up and back?
Watch a video of off-shore power boat racing (which I think the boat driver in the video has done a fair share of, and decided to give it a try himself.)

The bottom line is that you don't want to have the engine at full revs when the prop is not in the water -- that's really hard on the engine.

Likewise, you want to have max thrust when the props are in the water.

The tricky part is in the timing.
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