Thread: Coldest Safe Water Temp
01-22-2006, 10:52 PM #1
Coldest Safe Water Temp
Because of the unseasonably warm winter here in Minnesota, the rivers are actually open. I don't want to seize my motor. What's the coldest water temp in which you'd run your ski?
01-23-2006, 11:56 AM #2
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Man I guess that frozen lake melted quick. I cant answer your question because down here we ride all year, but at least you have the opportunity to ride again.
01-23-2006, 12:02 PM #3
Go ahead a ride. We've been riding here in NJ and the water temps have been in the 30's.
Just make sure your engine is warmed up before you ride.
01-23-2006, 12:45 PM #4Originally Posted by ramnj
01-23-2006, 12:47 PM #5Originally Posted by coop
01-23-2006, 12:54 PM #6Originally Posted by '02GPRider
01-15-2007, 12:55 PM #7
01-30-2007, 06:43 PM #8
I've had mine on the river and Lake Minnetonka just as the ice on Greys bay went out here in Minnesota.. the rest of the lake was still covered. I did let it warm up for at least 10 to 15 minutes on the trailer.. seat off.. so I had access to the engine and could feel the head/cylinder with my hand for temp..
I also used a dry suit, helmet, goggles, knee high rubber boots and rubber gloves over liners to keep warm. Think myself and a friend made the news a few years back that day.
01-30-2007, 10:15 PM #9
just be careful and warm it up for at least 10-15 minutes idleing around then feather the throttle up to about 1/2 throttle for a while, but do it easy.
In super cold water, it is possible for pistons to expand in the chamber faster than the chamber (cylinders) expand, causing a cold seizure. The super cold water going through the cooling chambers of the cylinders can prevent or "slow" the expansion process to a rate in which is slower than the rate of the piston expansion creating a "tight squeeze" or a "cold siezure".
Just warm it up well and you will be fine. Go have fun.
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