10-19-2014, 10:01 PM #1
Everything that could go wrong ..... did....
After a hellacious day on the water I realize I have a lot to learn - comments and great ideas for emergencies would be appreciated.
Went out on a SeaDoo and a Yamaha FX Sho.
18 mile an hour winds - but seas looked ok so went anyway (mistake 1)
At the furthest point out SeaDoo stuck in reverse
Couldnt free it - had to tow back -against the current
Started with short rope - realized we were flooding the Seadoo
Attached longer rope - but couldnt tow at any more than idle speed - in very choppy seas.
SHO started bleeping a warning light - had no clue why.
Wasnt sure if we even had enough gas at this point to make it back.
Hugged the shore getting pummelled with waves
Made it back to trailer - back deck of Seadoo completely under water
managed to pull it onton trailer
Realized SHO intake was totally clogged with seaweed from riding in shallow water (prob exacerbated by two on ski and towing)
When we disconnected the skis from the truck - the thing slammed down on the back axle probably due to the water weight in Seadoo - breakin the U bolts from and totally shoving the wheels out of position.
realize if a seadoo is jammed in reverse for any length of time it will start taking on water~!
So.............if you have an emergency on the water what are some best practises - both for towing a ski and to avoid making a bad situation worse.
10-19-2014, 10:50 PM #2
- Join Date
- Jan 2014
- Australia, Perth WA
Ouch that sucks
If it were me rinding the doo I woukd have just ripped the reverse bucket off...
Buckets can be replaced overnight
People however have a 9 month order period and a hell of a lot of training to replace
10-20-2014, 10:11 AM #3
10-20-2014, 11:40 AM #4
Sorry to hear about your unfortunate string of bad luck.
But for future reference in case you ever need to tow a Seadoo again, you need to install a towing/shut-off valve in one of the water lines to prevent exactly what happened, getting water in the hull. And bilge pump x6829345
10-20-2014, 11:54 AM #5
A pair of hemostats works for clamping the line. A valve is just another 2 connections that could fail. Your right, 1st mistake was going out in 18mph winds and it wasn't bad luck, it was stupidity.
10-20-2014, 12:54 PM #6
10-20-2014, 12:55 PM #7
10-20-2014, 01:31 PM #8
Don't be too hard on yourself, you could not have foreseen the breakdown. You got back to the dock. You can fix the trailer and your ski. Most people go through life arrogant as hell and never learn a God damn thing. You have accepted the blame, are now able to make better decisions and are now more aware of the risks out on the water.
I'm actually impressed you and your buddy made it home together with two broken skis and bad conditions. Some people don't!
10-20-2014, 01:46 PM #9
10-23-2014, 12:03 PM #10
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- Mar 2014
The ski saw the bad deck of cards and folded
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