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According to recent national statistics, most boat owners have craft that are under 26 feet in length. This means a couple of things:

1. You can use a relatively modest powerplant to move your craft from Point A to B2. That powerplant doesn't use lots of fuel

To get an idea of the validity of each issue, spend some time around the launching ramp at a local marina and the chances are good that you won't see many people using tenders to move from shore to their moored craft. Most of the watercraft users you will see will be trailering their boats to the water and then carefully backing their priced four-wheel-drive pickups or SUVs to the water's edge as the trailer they lugged all morning (or day) slowly enters the water and the boat floats free.

As you look, you'll probably notice that the biggest powerplants you are likely to see are twin-50s or twin-75s. In other words, boats, especially those used for things like skiing and other water sports, will tend to mount twin-50 horsepower engines or twin-75s, for a total of 100 to 150 horsepower.

In speed and boating terms, this means that these boats will tend to hit about 40 to 50 miles per hour and will plain rise out of the water at speed to a certain point on the hull and then maintain that point above the water.

Now, let's face it, unless your average boatowner is seriously committed to an activity fishing, water skiing, skijumping or slalom that requires a boat to be in the water more than just a couple of times a month so that mooring full time makes more sense - then the chances are good that their boat will be coming out of the water at the end of each day.

At this time, you'll see the owner carefully backing his prized four-by-four truck or SUV trailer-first down the ramp and he waits for his most experienced crewmember to lineup the powerboat with the trailer and toss him the bowline for the pulley that will draw the boat up onto the trailer. Usually, this is a straightforward project, although there have been times when even the most careful captain has been off a couple of degrees and has watched in horror as not only his boat but also his trailer and SUV or pickup has gone into the briney with the boat.

For most onlookers this whole scene is a real side-splitter as it looks like the adventures of the Three Stooges in Wonderland, but it really isn't because the investment that took a bath in the drink may have cost the owner more than $40,000 for the SUV, $20,000 for the boat and another $3,000 to $8,000 for the trailer. And, this doesn't include any of the items that might just be inside the now waterlogged boat/SUV/trailer combination. Oh, and it will also cost another tow fee to get it out of the water. So you can understand if the nervous captain takes his time at it could cost as much as $70,000,if things really go awry.