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    Quote Originally Posted by yamonster View Post
    I ran this one for ten years. Cross the lake alone, ect..... flipped three diff times. tore up three boats.
    That's quite the different animal. You can't get stuck in that boat. In a capsule boat, you can:

    A. Get knocked unconscious and be unable to release the belts.
    B. Be perfectly conscious but unable to release the belts or get hung up on something while trying to swim free. I think we've all snagged a shoelace or something on the way out at one time or another and had a panic attack, even while knowing that the divers were on their way.
    C. Have the belts fail and toss you 'through' the capsule.

    We most all personally know people that have been through each situation.

    I'm not saying that you don't have the skill or ability to drive a tunnel race boat, or that it even takes a lot of skill. I'm just saying that the capsules make them extremely dangerous in non-racing environments. Also, the reason you want the boat is because the design is very fast, when compared to anything like an STV or anything else that you can buy from a pleasure craft manufacturer. The reason they are so fast is because they are so unstable. They want to blow-over, they don't like rollers and other boat wakes. A small roller and you can stuff the boat very easily.

    You MUST be belted in. Driving a capsule boat with no belts IS NOT AN OPTION. You also have to have the proper capsule jacket. These jackets are designed with minimal flotation to allow you to swim down and out of the capsule, then keep you afloat long enough for the divers to find you and get to you. A normal life jacket will pull you up into the nose of the cell when you release the belts.

    If nothing else, take the time to go to an APBA capsule training event. All the regions are having training this time of year. You might have to travel a bit to attend, but the training could either convince you to stay away from capsule boats or at least save your life if you do decide to run one. It's $25 well spent.

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    I think it's time again to repost these pictures. They show several things being done wrong. Can you point them out?

    Also, just so we don't start a total re-hash of another thread, this is NOT Brian Tabara. It IS one of his old boats that he sold to someone for drag racing. The fellow DID live after spending quite a bit of time in a hospital, and he posts on Scream and Fly. He freely admits to his mistakes and vows to never repeat them.

    Here's a link to the S&F thread - http://forums.screamandfly.com/forum...d.php?t=135053

    Granted, this is an extreme misuse of a capsule boat. Things still happen, even when used properly.
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    #1 Not strapped in
    #2 NO helmet
    #3 His feet appear to get tangled in the belts or something appearing to be belts.
    #4 NO proper chase boats at least not in any pictures
    #5 Most inportant its not a controled environment NOT that any water condition is ever controlled. But haing the proper training and knowledge go along way. Noone here is trying to deter you from running a capsule boat and this is the first year I will be in one myself. Just making you away of the risks that you can come up against and lets face no person wants to see someone else get hurt. Chalk it up as knowledge from others mishaps.

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    That's also a "capsule" jacket, which has no impact protection and next to zilch for flotation (intentionally made that way so you can remove yourself downward from inside a submerged, upsidedown cockpit without having to deal with extreme buoyancy of the typical jackets that might pin you inside).

    If you are strapped into a capsule, then there's no need for flak material. The capsule is your armor.

    But if you aren't strapped down, within that protection, then that armor will be able to beat on YOU.

    He's lucky he only suffered a concussion, battered kidneys and bruised arm. Glad he's still around to talk about it.

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    Off the subject for a minute. Does anyone have an update on Wyatt Nelson? I heard about the accident but not much about his recovery.

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    I saw Wyatt at the SO nationals last year. He came down on his own for the day. He wheeled him self up to the water front. He was pretty up beat and talking to everyone.
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    Glad to hear hes out of the hospital.

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    So what is the chance if me finding a non capsule boat? can it be removed from one? No matter what. I will get a 14' tunnel boat to put this 90 on if I have to build it myself. It would be #4 if I go that route. It's just easyer to buy one, the science is done.

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    Quote Originally Posted by yamonster View Post
    So what is the chance if me finding a non capsule boat? can it be removed from one? No matter what. I will get a 14' tunnel boat to put this 90 on if I have to build it myself. It would be #4 if I go that route. It's just easyer to buy one, the science is done.
    Realistically, you could saw most of the capsule away. In most of the boats, it's really not 'that' structural to the integrity of the boat.

    You just need to look at one and make some decisions. You need to decide that you're okay with being strapped into it and taking your chances trying to get yourself out or not. If you think you want to saw some of the capsule away, then you need to decide that you can handle getting thrown out of it at those speeds. I guess my concern with that would be that your legs would still be tucked up under the dash and would get pretty beat up on your way out.

    Like Steve said above, nobody is saying that you can't ride around in a capsule boat but we are trying to help you stay safe. Capsules were designed to protect a driver in blow over and barrel roll situations, instead of having them ejected from the boat. For 'pleasure' boating, however, capsules have an entirely different set of problems. Vision is another problem. A boat with a capsule has a HUGE blind spot. It's not a problem going around in a circle, but driving around on an open lake it would be real easy to turn in front of someone or T-bone someone.

    You just have to decide what risks you are willing to take in order to go fast the way you want to go fast. We all take risks. Some calculated, some not so calculated, but we all want to minimize the risks to the furthest extent possible.

    Do what it takes to be safe. One thing I will guarantee you, you WILL blow over. I'd bet a small fortune on it. Not that there is anything wrong with that, as long as you are aware of it and you are prepared for it.

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    It would be set up same as my old mirage. OPEN, I stayed it one time, jumped once, and cut a right door in it once (useing Wayne worthys prop from hydrotech, with him watching) I know the charicteristics of a tunnel. I have HOURS of seat time in them, and GOD only knows of the miles. Probably more than all of you. Not recently, never that fast. As I get older, 40 now, my gonads are shrinking. I will not go out and hold this thing for miles at a time. No longer than a reg course. I know it comes with hazzards. So does my Allison @ 75mph. I turned that thing 6900 for 4 miles Sat. will it happen at greater speeds, Hell no. I do appreciate the concerns.

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