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  1. #31
    Registered H20 Cowgirl's Avatar
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    1986 Chris Craft
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    Feb 2002
    Lawrence, KS
    Most of it I learned by myself. I was handed the keys and told see ya later. I don't think they really thought I had the guts to take the boat out of the slip. I did end up learning a lot from people around the marina. Asked a lot of questions and did a lot of listening. At the end of this past summer I bought a boat with twin engines. Gordo is teaching me how to drive it.

  2. #32
    Registered Ratchet's Avatar
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    94 31 Scarab Thunder
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    Sep 2001
    Lake St. Clair
    Uncle - - Gave me a "fixer-upper"

    Things I've learned that I think may help others:

    1) There are a 2 speeds when docking.....slow or stop

    2) DON'T PANIC ! ALthough we get a "you should have seen it" sucks to see anyone's boat damaged because someone paniced (no idea how to spell this) and did something wrong.

    3) All boats are different..........I found this out real fast moving from my single engine OB to the twin IO's

  3. #33
    Gold Member Gold Member Rice Hauler's Avatar
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    2001 Cigarette Top Gun Lip Ship Edition
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    Oct 2001
    Driving Lessons,

    This is a very good question. I have often wondered about this myself. especially considering the "unlicensed" nature of our hobby.

    In my particular case I was first "taught" how to drive by the marina manager of the first boat I bought. a 30ft Velocity with twin 454's the Velocity was a light boat with a padded keel and He instructed me to use a "floor it" and back off just before they cavitate technique.
    The next 4 boats have been Top Guns and they require a totally opposite technique. Phil at Lip Ship has coached me on that technique.
    Other than that the rest of my "learning" has come at watching what others are doing and in most cases NOT wanting to do the same thing.

    The best advice I could offer is this, always remember,

    "They don't have Brakes"

    You can always go faster. better to go slow and be patient.
    Don't worry about the idiots on the shore. It's not thier boat.
    Just take your time and don't be afraid to throw out a long line if you need it regardless of what you think you look like doing it. Better to get in undamaged and go boating another day than to try and look good and suffer the consequences.
    just my $.02
    Robert Shin
    a.k.a. Rice Hauler
    "Lovin' Life and Livin Large"..OffShore

  4. #34
    Charter Member #34 Charter Member Dock Holiday's Avatar
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    Oct 2000
    Beautiful North Carolina
    My Grandfather, God rest his sole.

    He had a real passion for boats that was passed on to my father and to me and now to my Daughter.

    I was only 6 years old when he gave me my driving lessons (1965). He practiced safety first even back then. We had to ALWAYS have our big orange life jackets on.

    Shortly after he purchased a 15 foot pontoon boat with a 35 HP outboard for all the grandkids to use in the cove at his lake cottage. We had to always be within sight of him and the house. Never a problem!

  5. #35
    My Boats:
    2001 Formula 353
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    Jul 2002
    Jacksonville, Fl
    Grandfather taught me on a 47 viking. Not your typical learners model. I find docking to be simple. Too many people make it more difficult than it needs to be. I enjoy watching the people that attept to dock in a strong curent when they haven't taken the lines or fenders out of the locker yet. Always makes for good entertainment.

  6. #36
    Gold Member Gold Member Dave M's Avatar
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    2017 30 Concept, 300 Verados, Superboat Y2k and 24OS (sold)
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    Oct 2000
    LaPlata, MD, USA
    I had nearly zero boating experience when I got my first boat. I took the Coast Guard class and read a lot. You learn fast when you have to. I had a few minor mishaps along the way but nothing major.

    Use common sense, take your time, and respect the forces of nature.

  7. #37
    Registered BODYSHOT1's Avatar
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    Thoroughbred/Velocity 32'
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    Feb 2001
    Freehold, NJ. USA
    My Grandfather...everything from a 36' sport fish to a Jersey Speed Skiff...

    Lotsa great summers, "down the shore"....

  8. #38
    AT Cult Member #3 VIP Member R Addiction's Avatar
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    '99 Active Thunder Tantrum
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    Oct 2000
    Self taught and proud of it!!!

    Good one Dixie Doug!!!!!!!

  9. #39
    Registered tmager's Avatar
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    2007 Sunsation Dominator SS
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    Nov 2001
    Harrison Township, MI
    My Dad in his Sanger flatbottom with a 426 Hemi, nice boat to start with, learn respect of water and speed in a big hurry.

  10. #40
    Platinum Member Platinum Member
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    fast boats
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    Nov 2000
    Greenwich CT USA
    Grew up in a sailing family....

    My father was a Navy Captain...he taught me the "ropes"

    Self taught on all of my powerboats

    As for racing.....John D'elia..(7 time world and national champion in Special Edition) gave me some pointers in Key West. PS. We won in the world's F2-07 Wild Child!

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