[QUOTE=Cookee] If you don't touch the throttle imagine the shock load on the gearbox, saddle and the transom as the prop re-enters the water doing twice the speed of the boat!
I don't agree, the oposite is true. In a big sea constant working of the throttle is required, but if travelling at WOT or there abouts and crossing wake or whatever, causing the boat to leave the water, the boat doesn't half it's speed on re-entering the water so why half the engine speed? The faster water passing over the prop on re-entry would then apply reverse force on the gearbox which would strain the bearing carrier and the other componants above mentioned.
In a race situation where the boat is leaving the water on a regular basis and over-reving could become an issue, perhaps. But, in a recreational boating situation I reckon that our friend is better off keeping both hands on the wheel and choosing his line rather than grabbing at the throttle to prevent a momentary rise in revs. In my opinion
As for Alice and her Gaffers! We've got a whole fleet of 'em in Falmouth which race in the summer. If you wanna get all 5'2" of ya' down here we'll fix you up with a ride. It's the best fun you'll have without an engine, if you can cope with the post race "P" ups.