CAP­TAIN’S TEST

Boating - - MAKING WAVES -

1. D. Hull blueprint­ing, while time-con­sum­ing and not fun, typ­i­cally is the best bang-for-the­buck per­for­mance im­prove­ment avail­able for most recre­ational plea­sure hulls.

2. A. Tech­ni­cally, the EPA pro­hibits any and all en­gine modifications for out­boards built after 1996. Re­al­is­ti­cally, how­ever, there are no “emis­sions test­ing sta­tions” set up in any state to mea­sure out­board en­gine emis­sions or power out­put. So, it can be done, but if you’re ever caught …

3. B. A nose cone will gen­er­ally only add speed in cer­tain cases. For boats trav­el­ing at speeds be­low 75 mph, it’s de­bat­able. Of­ten the added drag of the cone it­self will re­duce speed.

4. E. There is a no­tice­able vi­bra­tion in­crease at lower speeds, and cer­tainly the solid mount­ing (as op­posed to fac­tory rub­ber iso­la­tion mounts) can and does cause pre­ma­ture wear and crack­ing.

5. E. The boat can ac­tu­ally ride on the tabs and the last few inches of the bot­tom, in­creas­ing speed, along with bet­ter han­dling and rough-water re­sponse. The net re­sult is of­ten more speed, more con­sis­tently.

6. D. All of the above, de­pend­ing on the ap­pli­ca­tion and cur­rent per­for­mance, can be true state­ments. The best ad­vice? Try it — test­ing is al­ways the clear in­di­ca­tor.

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