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07-13-2012, 12:48 PM
is it safe to fly a 16? i am new to this and it seems spooky to me at first, any advice would help
1992 16 with 302

Just Say N20
07-13-2012, 12:53 PM
By "fly" are you saying running with a lot of trim with the nose running high to reduce wetted surface?

07-13-2012, 01:02 PM
There are some Donzi owners that do fly their boats, I'd suggest that if your new to your 16 get some seat time in different water conditions and learn what and how she reacts to the different situations, take your time always wear your lanyard and a good life jacket, in time with paticence and practice your learn how to fly her, you might also find yourself making a few rigging changes to help her fly more level. Fair Warning it can be an addiction that once hooked is harder than crack to kick, take your time and enjoy, be safe, respect these lil boats for they can bite you but also can be very forgiving also. Good luck

07-13-2012, 01:48 PM
very sound advice,

remember sometime the boat is just going to flat out scare you and your passengers

with the wow it never did that before moment, it will happen, it has happened to all of us wether they will admit it or not.

my 16 never failed to get us home safe but that doesn't mean the scar from my wife's wedding ring that she implanted in my arm as she punched me has hard as she could has faded away either. i think the exact words were do that agian and i'll ****ing kill you

07-14-2012, 06:30 AM
Only if you've been to flight school!

Kidding - just to echo the above, take it slow and learn what the boat can do in a variety of conditions. It it is very easy to launch a 16 or an 18 off the smallest wake - usually with happy landings. But be safe, use common sense and as Clint Eastwood says - Know your limitations!

Scott Pearson
07-14-2012, 06:42 AM
Please fasten your seat belts...stay calm...

07-14-2012, 08:29 AM
Thankfully you don't own a 16 yet Pearson, we would need to get a permit from the FAA :p you should put NASA stickers on the 14 :eek:

some famous flying 16 shots

Greg Guimond
07-14-2012, 09:10 AM
Flying a 16 requires a lot of seat time and laser focus on safety...........

1. Lanyard
2. Vest
3. Other boats around you should you end up in the river (very painful!)

07-14-2012, 01:04 PM
Safety First !!!!! Nothing is more important then getting to know how your 16 will handle before you take totally off. Take it slow then you can progress to higher altitudes. Happy landings !!!
A few of my favorite archive pix and learing the ropes with my 16 "Knot Tellin"

07-15-2012, 10:56 AM
Safety first, safety first..... what about motor and drive first?
If you are new at this I about guarantee you are not doing it right. Zinging an older drive or motor out of the water is and easy way to empty your bank account. :yes:

07-15-2012, 11:56 AM
I agree with the over-reving engine & grenadeing drive issue too.
It's always a good idea to install an engine ignition rev limiter.

Also always keep your hand on the throttle contol at all times: ~~~ready to pull back quickly when getting big air and re-entering the water..

07-15-2012, 04:23 PM
Many years ago my friend purchased an 18' classic with the 455 Olds / Berkeley jet set-up. We were just outside of Atlantic City (Ventnor to be exact) when he asked me if I wanted to drive.......duh. So I took the wheel and headed toward the shore, turned around and nailed it, launching us off of the waves. I immediately let off the gas and as we re-entered I nailed it again. While I was driving I never "winged" the motor as I tried to be extra careful. We were having a blast as I repeated this a number of times.
Now my friend wants to try his hand at it only he never lifted. I reminded him that he has to lift or he could blow up the motor; his reply was that the engine was equipped with a rev limiter.

About an hour later, as we cruised through the inlet passed the casinos, there was a rod knocking sound (I hate to say I told you but........)

Lesson learned; even if you have a rev limiter you need to be careful when launching these, or any, boat.

07-16-2012, 06:18 PM
thanks to all rev limiter from summit racing ,do not take wife, turning is still spooky

John C in PA
07-16-2012, 07:25 PM
Randy, I have the exact same rig. I took it out, minus wife and dog, a few weeks ago and spent a few hours tearing thru the mess the PWC's make on the lake. Only once did I think I was going to stuff it since the PWC wakes were going in 6 different directions at the same time :eek:. Good type of water tho to really learn yuor boats handling characteristics. At the end of the day my right hand hurt from hangin' onto the rails :) .

John C

07-17-2012, 10:19 AM
We have lift orr !!