50 Ways to Improve Your Powerboat Driving by Dag Pike

By Dag Pike

This is a ebook approximately sensible powerboat using in boats huge and small, working at speeds among 20 and a hundred knots. it truly is approximately options which may simply be picked up from experience—practical how one can make your using more secure, more straightforward and higher, regardless of the conditions.

This ebook begins the place so much different books end. you've got learnt the real fundamentals of powerboat riding, yet now it is time to see the right way to translate those fundamentals into sensible dealing with ideas for you to use to provide a greater experience and feature a smoother passage. With assistance from this ebook, readers will choose up specialist counsel such as

  • Handling a quick boat in waves and head seas
  • Matching reaction instances to sea conditions
  • Using the throttle to impact trim

    50 how one can increase Your Powerboat Driving distils Dag Pike's adventure received from over 50 years of riding an entire diversity of craft from high-speed powerboats and lifeboats to ships. Written via the most skilled powerboat...

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    If you realise that it is becoming difficult to focus on both driving the boat and assessing the outside conditions, this is when you need to build in greater safety margins by reducing speed. If larger than average waves or those deeper troughs catch you unawares and cause violent movements of the boat, you won’t travel any faster than if you had reduced speed in the first place. So be aware if there are things that are affecting your level of concentration and increase the safety margins in your driving to compensate.

    This in turn means that the boat can come off the plane and you will have to wait as it struggles to get back up again. Even if the boat does not drop off the plane, you might find that the speed has dropped too far back to get the quick response that you need when you open the throttle again. When operating at speed in waves, you would normally want to operate the throttle lever in the range between full and half speed. Ideally the throttle lever should be stiff enough to not move it inadvertently, but free enough to allow the quick response that you need.

    We will look at many of these aspects later, particularly engine and propulsion response, but the reduced time needed to respond to changing conditions can mean that they are not effective at higher speeds. Left to its own devices and at a constant speed, a displacement boat will normally find its own solution to the changing wave patterns. In a planing boat there will be times when the speed at which the boat is running will be excessive for the conditions. Here you need to respond with the controls to help the boat negotiate the waves, always assuming that there is adequate time for the necessary changes to take place.

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