Originally Posted by Raygun
So can anyone recommend a good book on fast power boat & rib handling covering the various do's and dont's so that a beginner like me can begin to understand better the various ways that a fast boat can get into trouble?
From what I make out, you seem to be a very sensible chap!
The only advice I can give you is to slowly get used to the handling characteristics of your boat bit by bit. By this I mean get used to it in flat calm conditions, then move onto slight, moderate and so on. And if it looks like its going to be too rough then save it for another day.
The majority of us on here are pleasure boaters so what is the point of doing tight high speed turns other than in an emergency. The thing I'm putting across is if we ease back a little on the throttles we give ourselves more reaction time to deal with and see rogue raves, wash from ships etc.
The only people that need to be taking risks such as tight turns and breakneck speeds are on the competitive circuit.
My advice is, you get more pleasure out of 'pleasure boating' by keeping speeds moderate,
It's also kinder on the wallet and you'll be able to walk the next day.
And finally please please keep the kids aft on anything other than flat calm!