Thread: 30 mile ocean crossing!!
01-19-2008, 08:23 PM #1
30 mile ocean crossing!!
Great ride, sore ass after but well worth it. A couple buddies and I timed the weather and did a trip from Antigua to our sister isle Barbuda (45min) and back(1hr10min) the next day. Seas are normally 4 - 6 ft but on this beautiful weekend our biggest swells were about 4 ft. I was on an Ultra 250x with ride plate, intake a/f and block off valve, accompanied by an RXT and R-12X. My only complaint with the Ultra was a lot of salt deposits on head yet the bilge was dry, so I am guessing a lot of salt spray gets in there somehow. Any suggestions to rid this problem are welcome. Excuse the fingers in one of the pics.
01-19-2008, 08:48 PM #2
01-19-2008, 11:52 PM #3
Change your seat with an 08 seat. Kawi found out that the 07 seats bow when you sit on them making for a poor seal.
Pic is of an 08 seat and a 07 seat.
08 on left has new bracing to avoid flexing and bowing. 07 on right has no support from bowing.
01-20-2008, 12:06 AM #4
jetskiguy your pics look like thery're from a post card. ive never ridin in the ocean but im heading down to the bahamas (nassau) in feb. im hoping to rent a standup and runabout to do some ocean riding
01-20-2008, 11:34 AM #5
Im going to the bahamas in march.. I go to Paradise island (the atlantis) and right on the beach you can get some older vx 110s to rent....I get em every year for 1 hour...60 bucks...its great you see all fish riding right next to ur ski..I was out going towards gilligans island cruisin at maybe 30ish and there was a baracuta right to the left of me...which then made me go WOT =P...fun tho very fun
01-20-2008, 12:44 PM #6
All, when you're doing these long OFFSHORE/open ocean endurance rides - we want your feedback - consider writing an article with you findings, best practices, lessons learned etc and we'll try to post on www.pwcoffshore.com
The more information the better!
Good riding and be safe
01-20-2008, 03:50 PM #7
Jetskiguy, that ride sounds great! A week or 2 on that beach is exactly what I need right now. When you put your photos next to Alaska Mike's you realize how versatile these machines are and the breadth of the sport.
Id enjoy hearing any tips or techniques for riding in 6ft+ waves. Do you forge straight ahead at constant speed or weave diagonally through the troughs? Standing or sitting? (If goal is going in straight line as quickly as possible).
Interesting tip on the seat. I tried adjusting the pin a few times but never got a really good fit. Seat had some side to side rock. Local shop now has an 08 so I can compare seats.
01-22-2008, 12:02 AM #8
01-22-2008, 12:31 AM #9
01-22-2008, 12:38 AM #10
How do you handle riding in such dirty water and filthy beaches?
Man I need a vacation after looking at those pictures..
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