Originally Posted by MtStPipier
That Searider is a missile! Very impressive how it cuts through the chop. I spent half the time in the air in my Rib
I'm hoping someone took photos. I had hoped to, but was hanging on for dear life trying to keep up with the bigger boats. What we really needed was a helicopter shot when we were all blasting down past Tinkers.
That was one of the coolest parts of the trip, as we all throttled up past the Neck. On the return in that same area, the two Matthews in the 5.85s and I were really tearing it up, as the water smoothed out. I couldn't keep up with the 7.8 all the way back from Boston, but I sure was trying!
Hopefully Matthew V will post some photos on the Ribcraft site, or here. He was taking photos for a while, but not in the rough/wet stuff. Not good conditions for a nice camera without a waterproof housing!
Missile eh? You're kidding, right? You were literally
running circles around us! I sort of thought everyone was keeping up with the bigger boats. If I had realized there were a couple of boats taking it easier, I would have throttled back even more for the wife and kid's sake. I never looked back to see who was behind, don't tell my wife! I don't know who was unhappy on the Mitagator to have it going so slow on the way down, that's the weather that boat was built for with those seats! On the way back, I noticed the beamier 5.85s seemed to be a bit more stable with the waves on the beam. I was also jealous of the taller jockey seats on the Ribcrafts. The Searider jockey is rather low to easily use the legs, the ride home was like doing squats for an hour!
The ride home was a lot more fun solo... I was well and truly airborne at least once, the engine pitch change dramatically as the prop cleared the water
I'm told there were 40 knot gusts recorded in Boston Harbor that day. I'm not sure I believe that...