“Knowing how to throttle and trim a planing boat correctly is a key skill, especially for owners of smaller, faster craft like RIBs and sportsboats. Our resident boating instructor Jon Mendez explains how it’s done…
The first thing to sort is your driving position. At speed, the relationship between the wheel and throttles becomes crucial and it’s imperative, especially in smaller boats, to keep control of them even when being bounced about.
Your seating position is vital too: you need to be stable but relaxed so that you don’t accidentally move the controls. Lastly, the single most important item is the kill cord, this needs to be attached as soon as the engine is running.
When speeding up, the actions required are similar in any sea direction. What does differ is how you trim the engine and any trim tabs fitted to the boat.”
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There’s plenty of more great information on this topic from Jon which even savvy boaters may find helpful. Even something as important as the kill cord and having it properly attached was brought up. The way you handle your boat is key to safety for yourself and your passengers.
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