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Become a Better Boater at Boat Racing School
Outboard Performance Craft (OPC) are capable of speeds in excess of 140 mph, and can pull 5 G's in the turns.
The Real World
There’s no doubt that learning to drive a tunnel boat can make you a better driver aboard your own boat. It’s extraordinarily responsive, so you immediately feel as if you’re making unnecessary or jerky movements. Going swimming is always a possibility, so you learn to read the water and pay attention to every detail. You have your safety procedures down pat, and you fine-tune your focus, because your attention cannot wander. But there’s something else.
When I got off the water, I asked Wolf how fast she thought I’d gone during some of my straightaway runs. After all, there was no speedometer on board.
“Oh, I’d say 65 or 70,” she said. She paused, studying my Cheshire cat smile, and then sagely added, “It’s like a drug, isn’t it? You try it, and then you want more. You want your next fix.”
No kidding. It’s a learning experience, to be sure, especially once you understand that 65 mph feels way faster in a boat than in a car. And more dangerous. But, when done right, it’s also a hell of a lot more fun.