Originally Posted by The Garfish
i thort yew waz wan ov dem parrermedik nobburs.
spil de beens yew ratfink.
Yep, but i worked as chief instructor at a sailing club until very recently!
Originally Posted by John K
The knack is backing off the throttle to stop the boat launching itself off the top of the wave, then getting back on the throttle to keep the bow up for the next wave
Agree competely, but the time to back off is BEFORE the boat leaves the water
like wavelength said. However, if you do jump the boat, through driving too fast, not reading the wave pattern correctly, or intentionally, if you come off the power you are in for a rough landing. Once the prop is out of the water, throttling back isn't going to affect the flight of the boat at all, only the landing.
When the prop re-enters the water, if it's at low RPM the leg will act as a brake. Because this prop centre of resistance/effort is below the centre of mass of the boat the bow will drop, and the boat lands flat, or even bow down, resulting in a hard landing or a full on stuff if you're going down-wave.
Conversley, power on in flight and when the prop re-enter it drives forward, and rotates the bow up, giving a nice soft landing.
Obvioulsy the best way is not to take off in the first place!!!