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    shallow water and small rocks

    We went out today and the launch is way down and the channel to the lake is down as well. We sucked up some small rocks on the way out. It made a hell of a racket and no acceleration untillwe put them in reverse and the rocks seemed to get run out.Did I hurt either ski? They ran fine after that. 1994 gtx and 1999 gtx limited. Is there a screen for this or is this normal to happen. I have heard of people sucking up sand and clogging the cooling system but rocks? I did not know that they did this, thanks in advance for advice.


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    BRP suggests 3 feet of water to be the shallowest to run in.

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    Danger, Will Robinson!

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    I beach launch here in AZ with a very rock surface and am always tentative. I run it for the least possible time directly onto the trailer and so far haven't had any issues. Other than a brief second launching and putting it back onto the trailer, I try to never run it in 5 feet or less though.

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    Sucking up rocks is a no-no. Push the ski out farther into deeper water prior to running. It doesn't sound like you did any 'permanent' damage this time - but don't temp fate.

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    next time you have the machine on a trailer, climb underneath it and look up through the intake grate and see if the wear ring around the impeller is beat up, that takes the most abuse from small stuff getting stuffed in there.

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    My buddy sucked up a small rock. He even let it bounce around a bit. Just to see if it would come out by itself. It cost him a prop and ring.

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    I would look at the prop. It sounds like you're fine but you learned your lesson the hard way

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    Yes very hard on the prop and wear ring...Also when removing heads on skis have found tons of sand and small shells inside.

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