Created: Friday, 13 December 2013 15:48
Written by Matt Trulio
How many drinks can a 250-pound high-performance powerboat driver consume in one hour and still be able to safely operate the boat? Don't bother looking up the answer in a blood-alcohol level table, because it's a trick question. The answer is zero. And that's not just our take at speedonthewater.com—that comes directly from Tres Martin, the world's foremost performance boat driving instructor.
"There is no amount of drinking whatsoever that goes with boating," says Martin, the founder of the Performance Boat School that bears his name. "I tell everybody that. Especially with the way performance boats are today, with all the skills that need to be ready at hand and all that is going on around you when you're out on the water, there is no margin for error. You need all of your faculties and skills as good as they can possibly be, and any alcohol compromises those skills. You want to be at your very best—at your highest level—when you're operating a performance boat, or any boat for that matter.
Read more: Tres Martin’s Safety Corner: When Any Is Too Much