[QUOTE=SS930;3364709]What's different is there are speed limits on the roads and the surface is stagnant and static. In the air there's little to hit and running 200 mph is obviously not dangerous. On water the surface is dynamic, it's always changing and never the same. Big, big difference! 200 mph is far more dangerous on water than it is on open road or in the air.
apparently you've never piloted a plane Scot
Simon is the red boat, Fountain with 700s and #6s, we also have Phat Cat, big cat does about a buck forty and many boats come in from Houston and Dallas.
I was not reffering to our runs as I think its one of the few true "fun poker runs" were hanging out is higher on the list than winning the race.
People used to the typical big speed Poker Runs would probably not like ours.
There was a breif attempt with one of the big poker runs promoters to arrange a more serious run but in the end it would have been everything that we dont want (huge speed,too many boats,too high a cost) so it did not happen..
Dont think in 5 years running the runs I have seen anyone running over 90,
usually the meat of the pack is around 40-60mph..
You wont see a single helmet,intercom,canopied boat etc .. No big ballers..
Lots of good looking people and boats though..
And you are right almost always its not the go fast, we just get the blame.
DOnt get me started on the jet skies, guys tubing their kids at 50mph down the middle of the channel on the busiest days, pontoon and sailboat guys that think that everyone will just stop when they decide to just cut across the flow of traffic at 1 to 5mph...
Last edited by HTRDLNCN; 03-31-2011 at 11:47 AM.
Wow, glad I'm a week-day boater. It gets down right lonely on the Great Lakes! My 22' boat can run 85+. I can cruise at 80 in good conditions. It's scary but quite predictable when I hit a rogue wave. We wear vests and I the tether and I have an orange waterproof case with emergency gear and electronics. Any speed can be dangerous.
So to answer your question of "when is fast too fast?". Never when it's on the open water. It's an adrenaline rush that I need to stay somewhat sane!!
Its 'too fast' when the operator doesnt have the seat time with the specific boat they are operating, and the proper amount of respect for the speed they are going.
Had a buddy with a fountain many years ago, boat was doing in low 80's, he had about four seasons in the boat, and was good with it. He got in someones hydrostream one day and within two minutes of being behind the wheel, doing no where near 80, he had enough and wanted to go back in, something about the boat freaked him ....but he knew it right away and he knew not to push it.
So many variables in a boat.....size, power, steps, not steps, single, dual, props in, props out, etc, etc......each change is a learning curve, and it all depends on operator experience at the end of the day. If I were a passenger in a Skater with Teague driving and doing 130 mph, I would probably feel safer then being in a 17' Whaler with some of the knuckleheads I see at the ramp on a sunday
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