Lickity Split DCB M35 Cat Owner Getting Schooled Today

As you read this, JP O’Donoghue and his good friend Brad Kloepfer are just getting finished with some serious lessons on Arizona’s Lake Havasu. That’s because O’Donoghue and Kloepfer are sharing the cockpit of Lickity Split, O’Donoghue’s exquisite M35 Widebody catamaran (read the story) from Dave’s Custom Boats today with Tres Martin, the owner of the Performance Boat School that bears his name.

The duo completed the classroom portion of Martin’s course yesterday. Martin also put student Mike Grady through his classroom and on-water training sessions—Grady owns a DCB F29 cat with a single Mercury Racing 1350 engine—yesterday.

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Sea Tow Foundation Launches Designated Skipper Program

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To help prevent powerboat drivers under the influence from getting behind the wheel, the Sea Tow Foundation—a non-profit organization that's associated with the nation's leading on-water assistance service and is dedicated to promoting boater safety—has introduced its Designated Skipper campaign across the United States. According to a press release from the organization, the goal of the new program to help eliminate boating under the influence (BUI) and alcohol-related accidents on the water by designating a skipper to stay sober at all times during operation of the boat. The program is supported by a grant from the Sport Fish Restoration & Boating Trust Fund as administered by the U.S. Coast Guard.

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Keep It Seriously Safe

With National Safe Boating Week coming up next week (May 16-22), now is as good a time as any to remind people to be safe not just next week but every time you use your boat. Whether you're taking it out for an early evening run on the river alone, hosting a large group over a busy holiday weekend on the lake, or traveling to one or more of the dozens of poker runs coming up this summer, make arriving back to the dock or launch ramp safely your No. 1 priority.

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Wearing life jackets is one of the smartest things a boat crew can do for safety. Photo courtesy Florida Powerboat Club

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Tres Martin Schools Salmon

With the exception of serious Major League Baseball credentials, retired Angels right-fielder and power-hitting great Tim Salmon is like any other right-thinking and responsible performance-boat owner. Salmon, who owns a 32-foot Sleekcraft Heritage V-bottom with twin Mercury Racing 525 EFI engines as well as a houseboat and a wakeboard boat, wants to be as safe as possible behind the wheel.

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Tim Salmon said he's all about safety on his boats. Photos courtesy Tres Martin/Tres Martin Performance Boat School (click images to enlarge).

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Bravo To Buffalo

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Forget course coordinates and card stops and raft-up procedures. Important as those things are, they're really not what the drivers' meeting held before every poker run is about. You can even forget the part about drivers not touching a drop of alcohol until their boats are tied up at the dock at the end of the run, because though it absolutely has to be said those who don't get it already never will.

Here is the nut of any drivers' meeting before a poker run: It's the last chance for an organizer to remind—and beg and plead, if necessary—everyone behind the wheel to be careful out there. Because while you can break down "careful" into myriad actions, techniques and awareness levels, it simply means, "Use caution." And you could argue that every major accident that's happened since poker runs took to the water could have been avoided if the people involved had done just that.

To deliver exactly that message this year, the organizers of the annual Buffalo Poker Run in Western New York are bringing in someone who knows exactly what he's talking about.

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Photo courtesy/copyright Tim Sharkey'Sharkey Images.