There's a healthy amount of tasteful teasing that goes on between staff members who love to sail, and those who'd rather burn fossils to get where they're going (and actually get there in time for happy hour).

That tasteful teasing is primarily between senior editor Lenny Rudow, managing editor Carol Cronin, and her husband Paul Cronin, the videographer. Carol is an Olympic sailor and Paul is an avid windsurfer and sailor. Lenny is an award-winning fishing and powerboating writer. You do the math.

Triple Yamaha F300 outboards in blastoff mode.

Triple Yamaha F300 outboards in blastoff mode.

When some friendly sail-versus-power banter went back and forth at a recent meeting, it made me wonder: What would be the best way to bring our sailors over to the dark side? Take them out on a fast, maneuverable, Downeast cruiser? Or maybe blast across a lake in a fast pontoon boat?

Nah, I'd take them out on a Cobia 344 CC with triple Yamaha F300 engines and blow right past the 70 mph mark. And I just happened to have this video to serve as an effective appetizer for a main course of horsepower.

So sit back, relax, and listen to the engine music. FYI I'm blaming any video shakiness on the fact that at 70 mph, the wind will rip just about anything out of your hands, or off your body. About 15 or 20 seconds after I filmed this, the wind caught my jacket and pulled all but the very end of one sleeve right off of me.

Whaddya say, Carol, how about a powerboat ride?

Written by: Gary Reich
Gary Reich is a Chesapeake Bay-based freelance writer and photojournalist with over 25 years of experience in the marine industry. He is the former editor of PropTalk Magazine and was the managing editor of the Waterway Guide. His writing and photography have been published in PassageMaker Magazine, Soundings, Fly Fishing in Salt Waters, Yachting Magazine, and Lakeland Boating, among others.