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Boat Handling

All boats handle differently and inexperienced operators need hands-on practice with a capable teacher to become proficient in handling their boat. A motorboat is most easily maneuvered going against the current or wind. When moving with the current, the boat must be going faster than the speed of the current in order to maintain control and maneuverability. Boats do not have brakes, so to quickly reduce speed; the motor should be put in reverse and power applied. Stopping in this manner requires practice. Consult the owner's manual for the boat and motor for proper procedures.