Boat builder partners with performance boat school

HARRISON TOWNSHIP, Mich. – Sunsation Powerboats is taking a stance on boater education and adding value to its products through a new relationship it has established with a performance boat school.

Sunsation Powerboats has partnered with Tres Martins Performance Boat School to offer a certified course at the school with every new 43-foot F4 Sunsation Powerboat purchase, the companies said in a statement Thursday. Each F4 Sunsation owner will have the opportunity to learn from highly skilled professionals how to safely enjoy and maintain his or her new boat.

Day one of the two-day course is spent in the classroom. The session begins covering the basics of boating safety and related equipment, from proper lifejackets and fire extinguishers to ignition stop switch lanyards. Then topics include rules of the waterway, simple boat maintenance and occupant safety, plus a complete explanation of the dynamics of hull design. Time is spent on the specifics for trimming, tabbing, acceleration, deceleration, turning, wave and wake crossing and how to take corrective action in the event of a problem. The class then covers the techniques for maneuvering such as docking and other tight situations.

On day two, the students get a first hand demonstration of everything they have learned out on the water. The students are shown how to operate essential equipment, conduct pre-launch checks, basic maintenance and potential problem areas. In the last two hours of the class, instructors make a thorough effort to make sure the students are capable of putting their new skills into practice. If students bring their own boat, they will have the opportunity to be behind the wheel during maneuvers after class completion alone, with direct one-on-one feedback from the instructors.

Upon completing the class, an official certificate is presented to each student. In addition to gaining knowledge, students may benefit from reduced boat insurance rates.

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