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Out West, Monster Bash will cap the 2015 go-fast boating season (click image to enlarge). Photo by Jay Nichols/Naples Image.

While I have zero doubt that there have been more than a few close calls and stupid moves during the 2015 go-fast boating season, it’s been one of the best years in recent memory when it comes to safety as measured by major incidents on the water. And with just two big events left this year——the Florida Powerboat Club’s Key West Poker Run on the East Coast and Lake Racer LLC’s Monster Bash on Lake Havasu out West—there’s no reason it can’t stay that way.

Just ask Tres Martin, the founder of the nation’s best-known and respected Performance Boat School that bears his name. Martin believes that this year’s lack of major go-fast boating accident incidents is no accident. In fact, he thinks awareness of exactly what’s at stake—the future of the activity—is improving.

“I think there’s been a bit of forward thinking on the part of a lot of people who know their boating rights are on the line,” he said. “One or two more ‘bad ones’ would set us back quite a way in our industry.”

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