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Old 12-13-2011, 10:28 PM
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Ready is not the word, just have to make it through the tickfaw 200 then it's mud bucket time!
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Old 12-14-2011, 04:27 AM
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Another good memory, but what I wrote was, "If I never break 100 mph in a boat again, I won't miss it. I'll be just fine."

As for what I'm willing to do, see the post above.

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and this.........

http://speedonthewater.com/commentar...-key-west.html

Earlier this year, I rode in a boat at 170 mph for the first and last time.


But as far as putting myself in harmís way goes, Iím done.


You hangin' around Mitt Romney and Shogrunt too much !!


TAG, you're ITT !!

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Old 12-14-2011, 10:09 AM
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and this.........

http://speedonthewater.com/commentar...-key-west.html

Earlier this year, I rode in a boat at 170 mph for the first and last time.


But as far as putting myself in harm’s way goes, I’m done.


You hangin' around Mitt Romney and Shogrunt too much !!


TAG, you're ITT !!

Shame on you, you really did need to read the post I wrote above. But I'll cut to the chase with one line:

"As for top speed, I'll report on the GPS recall."

My friend, there is nothing in any way appealing or seductive about another really fast boat ride for me. It just isn't that fun, or, more accurately stated, it isn't enough fun to justify the risk.

I've gotten away with it. I've been 144 mph in 25-foot Eliminator. (Way scarier than 170 in a 35 DCB.) The only dumber thing I ever did was opening a parachute at 1,000 feet, though I suppose not opening it would have been scarier, at least for a few seconds.

I can still do my job without being in a boat at its absolute top speed. A certain amount of risk exists in my job. But riding in a boat at a speed where I think the risk is unacceptable, which will always be my call and not the call of the driver? Not part of my job.

Where is the "cut-off?" Where is "harm's way?" Reasonable questions. Where I say there are—for me.

One more thing I wrote: "I'm not telling anyone else to be done." You do what makes sense for you. However, if you were a personal friend I would urge you, as I wrote in the commentary, to step back from the edge more than you cross over it.

The statement, "If I never go 100 mph again, I won't miss it" does not mean I won't end up there with the right driver, the right boat, the right conditions. It means it is no longer an experience I look forward to or enjoy. And even with all of those variables optimal ... I still don't enjoy it.

There is nothing contradictory in what I wrote. As in zero.

Back to the thread.

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#6 behind 1700hp?? Seriously??
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