Few feelings are as liberating as zooming across the water’s surface with the wind rushing through your hair—the faster the better. Wouldn’t you like to get your own boat going even faster than it does right now? Using these three tips, you’ll be able to gain two, three, four, or maybe even five MPH at top-end. To learn how, just watch the video.


That boat you saw from the helm was a Nor-Tech 390 Sport Open, and in case you didn’t grab a look at the speedo, they were ripping across the bay at an eye-watering 80 MPH. Now, naturally your own boat won’t necessarily hit speeds like that—few boats do. If, however, you apply these three tips, you will pick up a few MPH. Some folks may need a little help with tip number two (getting your propeller pitch perfect) in particular, and if that’s the case, don’t worry. Just check out our Understanding Propeller Pitch article, to gain a solid understanding of what pitch is, how it affects your boat’s performance, and how to get your prop’s pitch just right.

If you’ve just decided you want to get an honest-to-goodness speed boat and enjoy some serious velocity on the water, check out these high-performance speed boat listings. You also may be interested in reading, Learn to Drive a Go-Fast Powerboat.

Editor's Note: This article originally published in May 2016 and was updated in December 2017.

Written by: Lenny Rudow
With over two decades of experience in marine journalism, Lenny Rudow has contributed to publications including YachtWorld, boats.com, Boating Magazine, Marlin Magazine, Boating World, Saltwater Sportsman, Texas Fish & Game, and many others. Lenny is a graduate of the Westlawn School of Yacht Design, and he has won numerous BWI and OWAA writing awards.