- Downwind drift speed is slow and controlled. If I need to make contact with the capsized vessel, I'm approaching at a slow enough speed where it is easy to grab onto the capsized boat or, if need be, fend off.
- I can assess the situation without worrying about jockeying the boat. I can count heads. I can talk to the crew on the boat or in the water without yelling over a motor in gear.
- The motor is in neutral. No fear of wrapping lines or injuring someone in the water.
- If I decide I need to be somewhere else, it is easy to shift into gear and slowly motor sideways away from the capsized boat.
- It's also easier to throw a line downwind.
The Lowly Crash Boat Operator
Crash Boat Operation, Tip 2
Crash Boat Operation, Tip 3
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