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    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?


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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.

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    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ramnj
    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.
    You mean warm it up on the trailer, first?

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    Quote Originally Posted by coop
    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.
    Oh no, the lakes are still completely frozen. Only the rivers have some open spots. In fact, I was out snowmobiling on a big lake called Gull Lake in central MN, recently. I saw trucks driving around on it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by '02GPRider
    Quote Originally Posted by ramnj
    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.
    You mean warm it up on the trailer, first?
    I idle in the water for about 10 minutes before taking off...not on the trailer.

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    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.

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    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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