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    What gear to get?

    Hello all. I will be getting a 2009 Yamaha FX SHO pretty soon. Some of you prolly know that already if you have been reading around these forums I am bursting with anticipation! Super duper excited as this will be my first ski.

    I have riden several friends and have rented Sea-Doo's many times, but have only gone a short distance and only rode for a few hours(3-5) at a time. Same thing with my friends. And i have never had any accidents or mechanical issues when out on a ski. So i am a little in the dark about what i should have with me at all times when out on the water.

    I will be going on long distance cruises once i am comfortable enough with my new ski. The Columbia River can be pretty treacherous at times and also very calm and serene. I just want to be prepared. I know this is probably a very broad and subjective topic, but i also know that there are some essentials i should have in mind.

    I know that i should have a length of rope and a small anchor in case i stall out or whatever and dont want to get carried away. And it could be used as a tow rope in a pinch.
    I plan on having an air horn, whistle, light, and a small VHF marine radio.

    After that, i am drawing a blank. So i would like to hear what you all think. I really appreciate any good info you can provide. Keep in mind that most of the time i will be alone out there having fun but sometimes i will have my wife and small son with me.

    And i hope this is in the correct section of these forums

    Thanks for your time


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    Boater safety course certificate
    comfortable fitting vest
    several lengths of dock line
    fire extinguisher (usually comes with the ski)
    orange distress flag
    whistle
    Handheld VHF
    handheld GPS
    cell phone
    first aid kit
    bailing cup
    optional canned air horn
    optional sand bag or suitable anchor with 100ft of anchor line.
    small tool kit (usually comes with the ski)
    carry water/gatorade, etc

    inspect the machine from bow to stern very carefully, and inside the hull, have the salesperson go over every inch and ask plenty of questions if uncertain.

    good luck and enjoy your new ski!

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    Thanks Rider! I have a few of those items already.
    Got my certificate(requirement at my job) and a few of those things i knew i should have. Was totally spacing there, but some of them i didnt know. All make sense though!

    Thanks for your time! Anyone else chime in to add items or thoughts

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    Spare plugs

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    Quote Originally Posted by SlowStang305 View Post
    Spare plugs
    Care to elaborate? Carry a full set of plugs and all the tools to change them out? Seems a bit much.

    Im wondering if you mean its a common occurance on a Yamaha to have to change them out on the fly?

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    I usually take my cell phone with when I go long distance touring.

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    If you are doing 100+ miles and your plugs go bad, thats a long tow. If I go 50+ miles especially offshore, im bringing plugs. Not hard to change plugs on yamahas.

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    Man, youve just got me worried. Are plugs going bad a commom thing in your experience? Sounds like good cheap insurance, but i cant help but to be REALLY curious.

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    I try to replace them every 50 hours anyways. On the VX the plugs foul out alot, not sure about SHO just yet.

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