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    Sea Temps.

    I saw some discussion about when it's too cold to ski, and does cold affect the motor. I've just got back from my first run of 2008 (New years day ride was cancelled 'cos I pulled a muscle in my back). Sea temp was 9C and air was 6C.Wind SW at 13 Knots, and sea 5-7 foot breaking surf, then 3-4 foot swells further out. Apart from the battery needing a good charge last night, all I did was put a little bit of 2 stroke oil into the fuel tank (I'm running standard oil-injection on my 1200 XL Ltd.), and ran the engine on the slip to get some warmth in before I launched ( I didn't want a stall in those conditions!). The ski felt just the same as a summers day, even though my ears felt like they'd been chopped off with the wind-chill, and my mate had the same feeling on his Seadoo. No real difference in the feel of the ski, and about the same response to the throttle. Maybe a flat water run on GPS would show a drop in speed, but not noticeable in our conditions. The only danger in riding when it's this cold is the survival time, if things went wrong. We stay within half a mile of the shore, with at least one VHF handheld between us, and all riders must also have a mobile phone (in a waterproof pouch). Needless to say, drysuits are a must, but even then, we'd only have 30 minutes survival in the water, so no solo riding is safe in winter conditions! Happy new year to all!


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    Quote Originally Posted by pauladave View Post
    I saw some discussion about when it's too cold to ski, and does cold affect the motor. I've just got back from my first run of 2008 (New years day ride was cancelled 'cos I pulled a muscle in my back). Sea temp was 9C and air was 6C.Wind SW at 13 Knots, and sea 5-7 foot breaking surf, then 3-4 foot swells further out. Apart from the battery needing a good charge last night, all I did was put a little bit of 2 stroke oil into the fuel tank (I'm running standard oil-injection on my 1200 XL Ltd.), and ran the engine on the slip to get some warmth in before I launched ( I didn't want a stall in those conditions!). The ski felt just the same as a summers day, even though my ears felt like they'd been chopped off with the wind-chill, and my mate had the same feeling on his Seadoo. No real difference in the feel of the ski, and about the same response to the throttle. Maybe a flat water run on GPS would show a drop in speed, but not noticeable in our conditions. The only danger in riding when it's this cold is the survival time, if things went wrong. We stay within half a mile of the shore, with at least one VHF handheld between us, and all riders must also have a mobile phone (in a waterproof pouch). Needless to say, drysuits are a must, but even then, we'd only have 30 minutes survival in the water, so no solo riding is safe in winter conditions! Happy new year to all!
    hi dave just warm it up for a damn sight longer,
    when we rode last week i gave mine 10 on the trailer then 3 miles under 2k(club rules no wake zone) approx to get some temp ,blipping the throttle due to j/w valve then run it in short bursts upto the 4k mark till the pissers came good with heat which was 6 or seven 100m runs,i never blip the gas when coming off to retain more heat rather than throw more cold through on tick over
    i always hand check before i gas her up and the whole engine was nice and hot..
    STEVED was out with his wet suit on and only lasted two hours ..
    glad to see the ski is ok now
    Last edited by Hydrotherapy; 01-06-2008 at 04:12 PM.

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