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    Powerboat class

    What do you all think about taking one of the classes that are offered? Driving, theory, situational awareness and such?

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    Re: Powerboat class

    Quote Originally Posted by Gregmik View Post
    What do you all think about taking one of the classes that are offered? Driving, theory, situational awareness and such?

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    I've don't know anyone who has taken a Tres Martin or anything like it so I can't tell you. Knowledge from a coast Guard course and years of seat time has done pretty well for me.

    I dont know if this is a federal thing but here in Jersey, since 06', you have to carry a Coast Guard safety certificate. It's a 10hr class over 2 days and a test is required to get it.

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    Re: Powerboat class

    Anchorman took the Tres Martin class he'd be the best one to advise about that.

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    Re: Powerboat class

    Quote Originally Posted by IrishTornado View Post
    Anchorman took the Tres Martin class he'd be the best one to advise about that.
    Dang! Is that why he's so awesome?!?! Lol :p

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    Re: Powerboat class

    Quote Originally Posted by JerseyOutlaw View Post
    I've don't know anyone who has taken a Tres Martin or anything like it so I can't tell you. Knowledge from a coast Guard course and years of seat time has done pretty well for me.

    I dont know if this is a federal thing but here in Jersey, since 06', you have to carry a Coast Guard safety certificate. It's a 10hr class over 2 days and a test is required to get it.

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    There is nothing like that here in MN. I learned boat handling very young....I have been able to swim since I was 3. As a kid we used to put relatively big motors on small boats. One that comes to mind was the 35hp on the 12ft jon. I had to swim back to shore a couple times and then go swim to get both motor and boat out of the lake before parents found out....

    I talked to Tres tonight and his class is $1750.00. A bit steep, but knowledge comes at a price. He is putting one on close to me.

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    Re: Powerboat class

    Quote Originally Posted by Gregmik View Post
    There is nothing like that here in MN. I learned boat handling very young....I have been able to swim since I was 3. As a kid we used to put relatively big motors on small boats. One that comes to mind was the 35hp on the 12ft jon. I had to swim back to shore a couple times and then go swim to get both motor and boat out of the lake before parents found out....

    I talked to Tres tonight and his class is $1750.00. A bit steep, but knowledge comes at a price. He is putting one on close to me.

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    I remember Anchorman saying it was geared more towards stepped hull handling.

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    Re: Powerboat class

    He says his class that I am willing to take is for under 75mph. Why would you need a stepped hull for that?

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    Re: Powerboat class

    Quote Originally Posted by Gregmik View Post
    He says his class that I am willing to take is for under 75mph. Why would you need a stepped hull for that?
    Don't know if you took the class and I don't know why I missed this post. Tres has a good class. He offers the class in several speed class categories and hull designs. I learned some things that have helped over the years mostly obstacle avoidance and some turning tricks. Also just some basic boating tips like getting on plane and making it easier on the boat....
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    Re: Powerboat class

    I think if you have the opportunity to do so, classes like these are worthwhile...you'd have to personally decide on the level of $$$ you're willing to commit to such 'education'. Most boat insurance companies will offer some sort of discount if you've got proof of taking the course.

    Having said all that...NOTHING beats common sense and experience. Doesn't do anyone any good if, upon completion of a powerboat course, you think you are God's Gift to Boating and do a$$hole things.
    Table Rock Lake is my home away from home, and big block power rules.

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    I did not take the class. I had a biz opportunity that took the money I had saved to buy the boat I wanted. Instead I spent it on a new piece of equipment for work. Things are going ok....The boat will be on the back burner for another yr. But next fall I will be buying...

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