Originally Posted by Downhilldai
When we did our PB2 (admittedly on our own boat) the throttle was (and still is) set on the outside of the console. However, our instructor took up his position on the tube next to the pupil and always had his hand just a few inches from the throttle. It was clear to me that he had effective control at all times.
It certainly would not have been possible to do a complete donut at full throttle.
He didn't have the kill cord on and it did occur that if he went over the side... However, I could see why he got the pupil to wear it because he was continually impressing the importance of putting the cord on as an automatic activity for the helm.
Of course, 80% of the PB2 time was spent on slow speed manouvering and relatively little at high speed. That's what we needed at the time.