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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.
What You Can Learn from Driving an OPC Tunnel Boat
Know your boat. A serious boater doesn’t just turn the key and go. Be familiar with all your equipment, and understand what your boat was designed (and specifically not designed) to do.
You’re leaving the dock, not blasting off. Come on, don’t floor it. You'll kick up a rooster tail and look like a jerk. Throttle up smoothly and deliberately; everyone at the dock will thank you.
Boats don’t like jerky movements. Instead of constantly yanking on the wheel, make small corrections and remember the throttle thing — smooth and deliberate.
Relax the death grip. If you’re not in a tight turn or a gnarly waterway, you won’t need it. Feel the wheel beneath your fingers, and let the boat tell you what it needs.
Watch the water. Look for signs of excess wind, strong currents and snarky seas in your path to ensure that you’re prepared when you reach them — or they reach you.
Focus. Your attention cannot wander when you’re careening across the water at high speeds. Not even for one second.
No good comes from panicking. In the event of an accident, remain calm and think through each step to resolve the situation. Safety procedures should be second nature.