The pits are usually divided into a hot pits and cold pits.
The hot pits are where the cranes are located and where the boats are lifted
into the water. This can be a dangerous place, with the boats being moved
overhead. Not only is there a chance that the lifting sling might fail and
drop a boat on you, but there may also be hot water draining out of the engine
to burn you. If you find yourself in the hot pits, always be aware of the
cranes moving boats at all times. For these reasons, access to the hot
pits may be restricted.
The cold pits are where there are the
most boats and you can safely walk up close enough to get really
good pictures. The owners and crew are generally pretty
friendly people, when they are not busy. They are usually glad
to answer questions, and if you think that you might want to race,
this is a good chance get more information.
permit access to the cold pits (the ones away from
the cranes) for a small fee, usually around $10. Many allow free public
access on the day or evening prior to the race. Some races charge as much
as $50, but it is well worth it, as they include food, beverages, grandstand
seating, or a tent to protect you from rain and especially the sun.