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    How strong is the hull on my 95 SLX 780? Jumping a spillway dam

    I was curious about how strong the hull is on my 95 slx 780 and what kind of abuse it can take. The river in town is flooded this time of year and saw an opportunity to jump the spillway. Would the hull survive a 6 foot drop landing flat on the water at about 30mph? I think its made of the SMC material.
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    Is the hull going to touch the concrete at all? How do you ensure that it doesn't land nose first or a little sideways?

    What happens if you don't stay on the ski, or get hurt, or both?

    Fast moving water can be very dangerous.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Beachbum3478 View Post
    I was curious about how strong the hull is on my 95 slx 780 and what kind of abuse it can take. The river in town is flooded this time of year and saw an oppurtunity to jump the spillway. Would the hull survive a 6 foot drop landing flat on the water at about 30mph? I think its made of the SMC material.
    This remindes me of being at a party and hearing "hey hold my beer and watch this." Dont know about the hull but sounds like fun. Take pictures

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    This thread is worthless without video.

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    this happened at a local lake a few years back

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    Haha i figured i'd spark some questions with that one. got a new gopro camera and wanted test it out. Theres about a foot of water going over the concrete, not worried about hitting it. Just dont wana crack the hull. Iv had it a good 15ft high in ocean surf, but always land tail first, never flat.

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    Keith is right, flooded waters are not a good place to boat/ride. Whats caught under the surface, how predictable is the current, what is the depth below the dam? Ususally these are all unknowns! In high school I worked at a canoe rental business and I've seen what can happen to canoes in high water conditions. It's not pretty!

    If it were me, I wouldn't chance it.

    KJ

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    I never heard one creek or crack ever. They dont blow apart at 50 mph when spilled either. it would be fine. you may get thrown off depending which way its leaning when you hit the water. I wouldnt, you wouldnt want to be impaled on a underwater tree branch like a shish ka-boob. Can ya see the visual on that? ouch..

    although, the 97 pro had issues in the rear of the ski. thats the only ski ive heard of.

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    The hull would survive the jump no problem. You however may become a candidate for a Darwin award if you don't land it right. It will not fly the same as launching off of a wave.

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    I'm sure the hull will stand up fine. I've done some HUGE jumps and then pound the hull dead center on the next wave hard enough to knock my hands off the bars and never had a problem.

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