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43 minutes ago, TnRiver46 said:

I don’t much care for going fast, it’s kind of the reason I’ve  only ever fished one bass tournament. I used to like going fast on backroads but apparently pickup trucks aren’t too nimble and a few trees and guardrails later I don’t do that anymore. I’ve also never been on a roller coaster and don’t care for airplanes, I’m a big wimp. Plus I’ve hit plenty of floating and submerged stuff at 25 mph and went through some lower units and props. I’m following Jacob wheelers YouTube channel for the BPT this year and he has been through at least 3 lowers 

I get you...  In my teen to mid twenties, if I wasn't peeling out or sliding to a stop, I wasn't moving in a built 302 in a F100 SWB..  Loved drifting on dirt roads and back trails...  So I'm no stranger go going fast...   I"m not sure which finally broke me of driving like an idiot, but now I just sit back and relax, but at the rate I'm going, I figure I'm going to be that old man in the left lane going 10 under the speed limit in about another 10 yrs..  LOL

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Things, mostly bad, happen way too fast at 70 mph.  Very easy to miss something in the water at that speed.  Not being a tournament fisherman, I'm cool with my 32 mph max  of my 60 Merc on a 16.5 foot boat.  I often throttle back to an easy-plane speed of about 25, no stress, reasonable safety, better fuel economy.

 

I'll bet many 70mph drivers are basically unqualified for doing that.  If I see a very fast boat approaching, I move well out of the way, too.

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8 hours ago, Flatrock said:

Maybe you're right, but to be honest it was more of the instability of the boat. My boat remains in the water and his ..?  I think only the prop was touching..  LOL

If YOU felt unstable, then your friend wasn't a good host or driver.

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3 hours ago, Flatrock said:

I get you...  In my teen to mid twenties, if I wasn't peeling out or sliding to a stop, I wasn't moving in a built 302 in a F100 SWB..  Loved drifting on dirt roads and back trails...  So I'm no stranger go going fast...   I"m not sure which finally broke me of driving like an idiot, but now I just sit back and relax, but at the rate I'm going, I figure I'm going to be that old man in the left lane going 10 under the speed limit in about another 10 yrs..  LOL

No problem, except for get in the right lane !!!

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I'm with you on the no need for speed.  My boat will top out at 50 but you'll usually find me at 30-40 MPH.  I've no problem with the go fast guys as long as they're safe.  I actually enjoy watching a tournament blast off and remember the days of the shotgun starts.

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On ‎5‎/‎22‎/‎2019 at 9:00 AM, MickD said:

I'm cool with my 32 mph max  of my 60 Merc on a 16.5 foot boat.  I often throttle back to an easy-plane speed of about 25, no stress, reasonable safety, better fuel economy.

 

Feel the same way. Got a 50 on our 16ft. Lund. Maxes out at 30 mph, plenty fast for us.

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My boat only goes 33mph, lol.  I am sure if I had a faster boat, I would driver faster, but I usually go about 25...

 

I love fact cars always had at least one sports car and still do.  I drive over 100 just about daily.

 

Water and roads are two different beasts.  Some boats and cars are capable of handling the conditions better than others... driving, my biggest factor is other drivers and the fact that they are unpredictable.

 

On a boat, the issue is the water.  You do not not know what is below the surface.  Water and wind is also an issue together.

 

I try to respect others and make sure that they're not grabbing that oh'**** or Jesus bar.  it's always easier for the driver because Darren control and holding on to something where is a passenger doesn't have that luxury.  Secondly is just dangerous. so no matter how many times you get away, Ariel's at one time which is all it takes.

 

I finished the tournament and blast off is important get to your spot... But there's always other spots. Milo 35 miles an hour boat got me to a spot that I won't it where is everyone else they're bigger boat tours and even farther away. I did have to plan to get back to the dock, but we got back. What's important things always be safe

I fish and drive my boat at night a lot. Electronics really help with that because I will follow my saying Pat back just to make sure. Fishing places in like a river or the California delta can be tricky... Stuff comes with a tie and it's how he lowers and rises.  I seen some people hauling ass, which I think was extremely foolish. The stuff I've seen and avoid it just do it to the conditions changing are crazy. The water is just too unpredictable.

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It’s different strokes for different folks. I live in walleye and musky country, bass fishing just isn’t that excepted here. The folks who “bass fish” primarily tournament fish here, and there are a few who make it hard for the rest of the general fishing community to accept “us”. My boat can hit mid 60s, and a few years ago I ran it like I stole it. Glad I never owned a crotch rocket, I had already had tons of trouble with fast cars. Fast forward to now, and I still enjoy opening it up. However, I’m way more conscious of my audience, surroundings and passengers. If someone is with me whose never been in a high performance boat before, 35-40 is it. If it’s rough, same. If there’s people around, same. Speed is fun, for me, but there’s a time and a place, and it isn’t all the time. Btw, Tritons are known for chine walking, but it’s possible your buddy was allowing the boat to do that to give more speed effect, it’s a dangerous condition if you don’t control it before it begins.

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Personally, from my perspective there's a few reasons I have a 70mph boat (that's really working to get my 21 foot Ranger to that speed but I can).  First and foremost, safety.  If I need to outrun a storm or need the power of a 250hp motor in bad water (wind and waves), I know I have it.  Second, to get the maximum MPG and control, bass boats are designed to run "on the pad" and while that may make you feel you are close to "out of control" you are not.  With a properly set up boat/motor, it's running at its optimum when it is on pad.  BTW in the "go fast" glass bass boat world, 70-75mph is very slow.  Your skill as a driver and water conditions should dictate how fast you pilot your boat.  I'm not a speed demon and with clients in the boat, I rarely exceeded 40mph unless they were boat owners and were accustomed to higher speeds.  And as has been said, things happen very fast on the water at high speeds.  BUT>>>>There's something to be said about getting out on the lake at sunrise with the water like glass and being able to "let her eat" running down the lake.  Working the trim and jackplate and feeling that last little bit of hull lift out of the water knowing your boat is operating in its maximum capacity and your motor is singing at the top of its RPM range.  I may be old but I'm young at heart.  

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21 hours ago, jaimeastin said:

My boat only goes 33mph, lol.  I am sure if I had a faster boat, I would driver faster, but I usually go about 25...

Bout the same here...40HP Tin boat. Does fine by me.

 

The problem at most of the lakes that I fish is that HP and common sense are inversely proportional. 

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