Not really. Some drivers get carried piggyback
style, while others use a shuttle craft like this one. It is
commonly thought that it is because they do not want the extra weight
of the water in the boat. The real reason is that they do not
want the moisture in the cockpit because it causes the shroud or
windshield to fog up and can cause dangerous visibility problems on the race
Stronger than a crane?
This is not a strength test. When a boat
springs a leak, it can take on a lot of water. Hydroplanes
have "drain plugs" in the transom or back of it to drain any water.
If the crane lifts it out off the surface too quickly, the weight of
the water can actually tear the bottom right out of the boat.
It is the job of the crew to signal the crane operator to hold it up
slightly so that the drain plugs can be removed to allow the water
to run out of the boat before lifting it back onto the trailer.
Orange on the inside?
The International orange inside the canopy is a
safety feature. It allows the boat to be seen better when it
goes dead on the course. Because an idle hydroplane sits so
low on the water, it is hard to see from another one coming at it in
excess of 100 mph, especially on a less than perfect sunny day.
This is required by a new CBF rule.