An Introduction to Power Boats
Host Rich Hilsinger and the OS Media crew venture to Castine, ME and the waterfront campus of Maine Maritime Academy to meet with MMA alumnus and lifelong waterman Captain Zander Parker to demonstrate entry-level recreational powerboat operation. We’ll begin with a discussion of safety equipment that all recreational watercraft should have on board. Going out on the water has its dangers and it’s the responsibility of each owner/operator to have the right mindset to make sure the boat and each person on board is safe.
Using a 19’ Boston Whaler Outrage with a 150 hp Yamaha outboard, a 26’ Crosby Tug in-board commercial craft powered by a 43 hp Westerbeke engine, and a 34’ Weber Cove’ open launch powered by a John Deere 6068 225 hp engine, Zander will focus on basic operations and boat handling skills. Topics will include the pre-departure checklist, outboard and inboard systems, leaving and returning to a dock, spring line use, securing a boat, shifting gears and throttle control, steering, maneuvering in close quarters, and lots more. We’re pretty confident that all viewers will find this episode quite helpful in improving one’s on-water skills and enable a powerboat owner to become much more comfortable behind the helm.