Drive a Wakeboard Boat like a Pro

April 5, 2015
Travis Moye
Travis Moye Bill Doster

To be a good driver, the first thing you have to do is try to be a good driver. The most important thing is to pull someone like you want to be pulled. I think a lot of people take liberties in a boat they never would take in a car. Because most people spend a lot less time driving a boat, the focus should be greater, not less. Here are a few boat driving tips you can focus on to make sure you at least look like you know what you’re doing behind the wheel. — Travis Moye, MasterCraft Pro Wakeboard Tour driver

Get Set

Before you leave the dock, make sure your cockpit is set up so you don’t have to think about anything other than your rider and other boats while you’re driving. Adjust the seat and mirror, connect your iPod and make sure a water bottle is within easy reach.

Drive With Confidence

The worst thing you can do is be timid behind the wheel. Think about your actions and own them.


Be Hyper-aware

Driving a boat is a huge responsibility. Not only are you responsible for everyone in the boat, but those behind and all around it as well. If things are happening that you don’t like, shut it down.

Ready Your Rider

Make sure your rider is taken care of before he hops in the water. Ask for speed, rope length, ballast and double-up preferences. That way you don’t spend the first few minutes of his ride figuring things out.

Never Get Complacent

No matter how good a driver you think you are, there is always room for improvement. You are directly responsible for people’s safety, fun and progression. One thing I pride myself on is my rider never has to worry about anything other than riding. If you can provide that, you’ve won the battle.


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