Check out the entire article from Speed on the Water: March/April Issue.
PUTTING SPEED IN PERSPECTIVE
No matter how good you are or how much experience you have, risk comes with the territory of high-speed powerboat operation.
When I was 16 or 17 years old, I owned a 16-foot V-bottom that would run 75 to 80 mph. That boat was a handful, but I learned how to drive it. It took time and a careful progression to top end, for sure, but I learned it.
Through TNT Custom Marine, the Miami-based business I co-own with Mike Thomas, I’ve had the opportunity to run some of the fastest powerboats on the planet. Working for Powerboat magazine, I had the chance to run many, many more with my colleagues Jason Johnson, Bob Teague and Matt Trulio alongside me. Together, we ran hundreds of boats at speeds well north of 100 mpd, and dozens of boats–all catamarans–at speeds north of 150 mph.
In the right conditions, 150 mph feels like nothing …