High-Speed Stop in Emergency Mode


  • Practice and develop the boathandling skill of making a high-speed stop in the shortest possible distance without taking wake over the transom. A skill used if the boat has to be stopped quickly in an emergency (e.g., to avoid an unexpected hazard or object).

Setting Up the Drill:

  • Equipment: 1 buoy
  • Trainer sets buoy in a safe area.

Conducting the Drill:

  • Starting 100 yards away, operator maneuvers boat onto a plane and proceeds toward the buoy at high speed.
  • When abeam the buoy, operator smartly reduces power to idle while quickly turning the wheel in the direction of the buoy.
  • When 90 degrees to original course, operator shifts to neutral.

Teaching Tips:

  • Highlight the importance of reducing power to idle while at the same time making the turn.

Common Errors:

  • Decelerating excessively before turning the helm, which does not simulate an emergency.


  • Safe Powerboating Handling On-Water Skill Standard 6.3 and its rubrics

Start Powerboating Right! textbook pg. 53