As for the boats running on the edge, true. But there is absolutely a point of no return. We're talking about a "nose high" condition which isn't the same thing as running at the most optimal trim condition. So if there was a boat running by "firewalling the throttles" he isn't going to win because if the boat is running nose high, its running slower than the boat that is optimally trimmed. I'm all for these guys hanging it out to the edge, but my point is that right now, there is no back-stop to protect them (as well as recreational boaters) and reel things back in. They simply cannot react quickly enough.
Today, the program is as follows; "Ok guys, go out and run the boat as far out on the edge as you can. If you go to far, theres a REAL chance you'll be killed and if that happens, oh well, you died doing what you loved". To bad, so sad. To me, its absolutely rediculous!!
Another recent post in this thread mentions that "blow-overs aren't that common". Two in the last year, costing four men their lives is enough, no? If not, what is the threshold that needs to be crossed. How about a recrational boat blowing over during a poker run and killing all six people on board; will that be enough? Or maybe two more race boats next year, killing four more people; maybe that will be enough? Or maybe the attitude should be "there has never been a blow-over at a poker run, so why think about it until it happens?" Pretty short-sighted IMO.
The idea behind saftey inovation is not to limit performance. Its to prevent disaster, hopefully before it happens. Take the air-bag. Its designed to stop a person from smashing into the steering wheel, dash, windshield, before they get there. Same premise. You can bet your azz that if just one of these big Cats was saved from a blow-over because of a saftey inovation the driver/owner/crew/passengers would be believers and thanking God that something diverted disaster and saved their lives (and their boat).