Originally Posted by wavelength
However holding onto the lever itself when its rough can cause a problem when the shock of a wave throws your hand forward and gives the engine full power, just when you really dont want it. Seen it happen and the ensuing vertical leap off the face of the wave was "impressive" but not the sort of thing they actually wanted to do in the prevailing conditions.
You weren't watching the original owner of my boat were you Dave?
He told me about how he did that once when showing off a bit to a crowd during the Mid Winter Swim at Surf Bay, the boat sort of took off up in the air at a ridiculous angle and disappeared over the back of the wave, everybody went "oooooooh" and were all dead impressed, only about 2 of the people watching realised it was a complete cock up