You may not believe this, but before I was into cars I was actually a pretty avid boater. In fact I used to own a small 18-footer aptly named “The Spicy Meatball”. It was powered by a 88-hp Evinrude engine which meant a top speed of about 35 knots. Not bad for back in the day, but slow when compared to today’s modern runabouts. Before ever stepping on a boat though I took multiple boater safety courses that helped prepare me for a life on the water. They teach you things like seamanship, rules of the water and so fourth, and when used properly generally ensure that you’ll have a great experience. The problem with most boaters though is that they never really take the time to learn about boats, how to operate them properly and more importantly, how to care for the safety of their passengers. You can see a perfect example of this after the jump.