Thread: STX-15F Explosion
06-08-2012, 03:31 PM #1
Any of you Kawi guys ever hear of this one: http://www.pwctoday.com/showthread.php?t=369632 This has to be a one in a million shot - I've never heard of a PWC exploding from lack of venting, but it makes you wonder. Obviously this can happen on any ski. I was glad to read the OP is going to be ok.
06-08-2012, 05:34 PM #2
I was out one day and there was a guy on a old 2stroke seadoo xp sitting in the middle of the channel by himself , So I go over and ask are you OK , He say's it wont start , he said it was running real bad but now wont even idle, I remove the seat as this guy has NO idea about engines .
all I see is about 2'' of fuel in the bottom of the hull.
I proceed to explain what has happened , and tell him to STOP trying to start it till you drain and wash all the fuel out of the hull and have the leak fixed were ever it was ....
just as I offer to tow him back to the shore his buddy arrives and says he will tow him , So I say good luck and remember DO NOT keep cranking the engine or it could explode.............
Well i go about 100ft away and sit out of the channel and wait for my buddy to come in from the waves ....
Next thing I hear a BANG and see a yellow seat land in the water about 40 ft from me .........
Yep this clown tried to start the ski while he was being towed in..............either a way spark from a coil lead or the starter or something ignited the fuel/air mixture in the hull and blew the guy of the seat and the seat went flying ..........
race over to him , he is OK , just bloody shaken up ........the next word he said was , I THOUGHT YOU WERE JOKING ABOUT IT EXPLODING
after I realized he was OK , all I could do was piss my self laughing
06-08-2012, 05:44 PM #3
06-08-2012, 05:53 PM #4
Something like that happens on watercraft.
That's why inboard engine boats have blower fans in the engine room.
And that's why jetski owner's manual specifically warns about it.
06-08-2012, 05:54 PM #5
06-08-2012, 07:49 PM #6
Yep, many many years ago my 650SX exploded on the boat ramp in Canberra (for the locals).
I was standing next to it with the hood off hitting the starter trying to get it going and then all of a sudden a massive flame ball shot up.
As I moved back I was still holding the handle bars and pulled the ski over. The river water flowed into the engine bay like a small water fall and what come out were floating flames!! They travelled about 20m, across the boat ramp and lapped the fuel tank of the car, of the guy next to me, that was putting his boat in.
I escaped, with an instant education of how fuel and spark works and got a free eye brow "wax" from the flames.
06-08-2012, 08:02 PM #7
heres one i towed a few years back, the guy actually received a broken leg from the explosion, it ripped the top section of hull off, i towed it until the police resque arrived. the guy was taken to shore for the ambulance.
06-08-2012, 08:34 PM #8
Moral of the story, check your stuff before you go out. Guy got lucky and was close to shore. Maybe one of the recalled fuel tanks?
06-11-2012, 12:49 AM #9
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Thanks for sharing your story....it may well save a life someday. I know that I'll be extra vigilant and advise others to be that way also.
Speedy recovery, very glad you lived to tell your story and sorry about the loss of the ski.
06-11-2012, 08:07 AM #10
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