If people are iceboating on Long Island, it is a fair bet that one of them will be Mike Acebo. "I'll go anywhere there's ice," he says. "I don't think there is anything else that's as exciting. You're just using wind power and going at 60 miles per hour, two inches above the surface."
Before aircraft, some of the fastest vehicles devised were iceboats. Yet, where there is speed,there is also danger.
Iceboaters need fast reactions and must read the ice carefully to make sure they do not plunge through it. In 2009 a man died after falling through the ice. And in 2006 a man was killed after his iceboat slammed into his brother's iceboat.
Bill Kanz has had a few close encounters himself. When his boat broke through the surface, his friends knew what to do. They quickly brought out the ropes to haul the boat out of the ice.
Acebo and Kanz, who built their boats together at Acebo's shipyard, agree that iceboating is not really about the adrenaline rush it's about camaraderie.