FYC Motor Boat Operation

We have two club motorboats; One 15 horse Mercury on an open boat, and one 45 horse Honda with steering. The club intends them to be used as rescue boats and to manage the races. The 15 horse has to be lowered into the water from its ramp. It is best used on days when the wind and the waves are not too strong. The 45 horse is stored on the water. It is more stable, but it is tricky to maneuver in the channel, especially in a south wind.

They are both 4 cycle engines (so no oil in the gas).

You are required to have a valid Pleasure Craft Operator’s card to operate any motor boat on Falcon Lake

To keep these motors going, we have to operate them carefully and be rigorous about repair, docking and maintenance. You need to learn the peculiarities of these boats; how to start them, what kind of surprises to expect, and how to launch/store them. We would prefer that you not operate either boat until you have had the full briefing, even if you have lots of experience operating motorboats. Please ask Charles, the Race Director, to give you the briefing.