How long was the USS Minnow?
sad to say but true.Originally Posted by nolimits
How long was the USS Minnow?
Whichever boat I'm driving. You can bet your azz I'm not getting in a situation where a roll might happen.
The one without the idiot driving it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
This is a trick question, kind of like asking what car is less likely to be involved in an accident. It always comes back to one thing and one thing only. THE DRIVER.
I read this thread this morning and have been thinking about it a lot.
First of all I did not vote because they are all very high quality boats and if driven properly within the boats and drivers limits none should have a problem.
I must agree with the guys that said "The one with the most experienced driver". That was my first thought.
However, I think the key to all the problems we are seeing can be summed up in one word "SPEED".
My Baja 36 Outlaw is almost idiot proof. I feel comfortable in it in almost any conditions, and would put the wife behind the wheel and know that it would be real hard for her to mess up. But my boat only runs 70 to 72 MPH. If I added big power, and it doesn't take that much from what I have recently seen, I can easily push the same boat into the low 90's. Now the same conditions that my boat will handle all day long at 70 without any trouble require much more experience behind the wheel, more planning and looking farther ahead and the margin for error has been greatly reduced. How the same boat handles at 20 MPH faster I have no idea?
As we saw in the New York City Poker Run with the Apache. Apache is a GREAT built boat. I know friends with the same boat and have run side by side with them and it is a true deep vee like my Baja and you would think it can handle anything. But all boats have their limits on conditions by hull design and length, and all drivers have their limits my experience and speed.
I am not sure how fast they were running and I'm not implying anything here, just stating that speed is a big factor. At what speed would that accident have not happened? It could have easily have been anyone of us there at that exact place and time with the same results.
If you look back at almost ever accident that has been reported on this board in the last couple of years speed is the single factor that may have changed the outcome.
Just like all of you I love speed and always want more.
I have however noticed guys with really big power lately not running their boats very hard. I assume they are trying to just hold them together and make them last, but some may be much more careful than I give them credit for also.
Most of our boats are much faster than we need them to be, too many people still don't wear life vests, or good vests, and don't wear their safety kill switch.
Personally I am enjoying cruising around these days more than running all out.
If we practice safety and only use our speed only when conditions are favorable I don't think we would be having this discussion.
Just my 2 cents worth!
The one that just installed engines from Todd Cimmono
Originally Posted by cbdragon
what happened in NY????
I finally figured it out. Checkmate doesn't use them. See it even says so on my fender.
Silly me, all this time I thought it was to keep heavy people from damaging your trailer fenders.
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