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    Water in the Footwells?

    Keep getting water in your footwells even though you have a cover on your ski? I have a simple way to keep the water from settling down for too long. Its called capillary action and all you need is paper towels. Get a long piece of paper towel, about 3 feet long or so, and fold it or roll it and put one side of the towel in the footwell and let the other hang off. Its important the part that hangs off the side be lower than the footwell if you want all the water to be removed. What happens is the paper towel will absorb the water up and above the foot well and the part that hangs off the side will also get wet and since its lower than the footwell gravity will release the water drop by drop. This is not a fast method but it works automatically and the more paper towel you have the more water it can remove.

    Here's a video to show you the effect


    I was looking for some rope that did this since paper towels look tacky but found no absorbent rope. It may take all night for the water to get out of the footwells but its better than having the water settle in for weeks. The best part is that its automatic, so soon as water gets in the foot well the paper towel starts going to work.


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    What about tipping the nose of the trailer high enough to let it run out on its own? The other thing I have done is to make sure the cover is tight enough so the water just runs right off, and doesn't have a chance to pool anywhere on the cover.

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    Sometimes tipping may not be a option. If its not on a trailer but instead on a easy-port or a fixed stand on the ground than the water can't get out. But yes tipping the ski up is the best option to keep water out but this can't always be done.

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    Nice idea

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    Good idea. I use paper towels in my bay boat to keep bilge dry. The drain plug is about 1/2" above the bottom of the bilge, but the paper towels wick the water out the drain.

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    Buy a jet tribe cover

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    I take a leaf blower after i'm finished washing my ski to get all the water out of the foot wells.

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    I do that with everything I own... Hate water spots

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    I wonder if that Scotch Gaurd spray for clothes would work? Spray a supple amount over the entire cover and let it dry, should bead the water and let it roll off. Otherwise this is a good idea and the blue shop towels would probably work best.

    As for rope, a 100% cotton wicking rope would probably do the trick

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    Nice to know..

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