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How To Boat Safely at Any Speed
Marc Granet (left) and Scotty Begovich (right) have won multiple World Championships, and understand the importance of boating safely at any speed.
Playing in Traffic
We pull out of the main channel and Granet puts the boat in neutral so we can review some safety points. As we are talking, a guy in a triple-outboard center-console blasts by us. A cruiser is coming from the opposite direction at about 25 to 30 mph. The center-console starts to turn in front of the cruiser but suddenly hooks an S-curve the other way. “Look at that,” Granet says. “An experienced boat captain made a mistake, put three people in jeopardy on his boat and six people on the cruiser. But he corrected and accelerated out of the way.”
The person at the helm has to be ever vigilant to know what’s going on around him. Granet is used to operating at speeds of 150 to 180 mph with another 10,000-pound boat only a few feet away from him. Here’s how he handles it.
“I assume that the other person is not aware of me,” he says. “In the race boat I know they’re professionals next to me, but I have to assume, as we go into a turn at 140 mph, that they may have an issue I don’t know about.” When he’s on the water with his family, Granet doesn’t count on other boaters to even know he’s there.
“That big sport-fish that’s coming at me, does he see me?” he says. “I’m in a small boat with a white hull on a cloudy day; I’m not so sure.”
If you find yourself in a situation, like that center-console did cutting in front of a cruiser, you have to find a way to get out of it. Think fast.