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It was bound to happen. But it happened with a massive yacht and a really nice speed boat leaving the marina and me trying to be polite by idling at the mouth of said marina to give right of way. Well, a wave washed over the gunwale and my kid and I had a foot of water suddenly appear on our port side. As we had planned, she immediately pushed me towards the water in an effort to save herself...sigh

Anyway, here is what I learned:

Always apply at least a little throttle in wavy conditions

The front optional storage bin will immediately fill with water and spill out all contents. (Haven't got my anchors yet, but they would surely have been lost)

The Spark took on almost no water and restarted without a thought.

A flipped Spark provides an excellent opportunity to examine the hull.

I greatly appreciated the upside-down sticker that was suddenly right-side up that told me how to flip the Spark to a more palatable position.

I am roughly 138.9 pounds (140 when flexing) and I was easily able to flip the Spark.

Re-boarding in deep water was no problem...I didn't flex for added buoyancy!

My kid headed for the 3-up with boarding step and was aboard with zero effort!

It is a great feeling when several people applaud your efforts to re-right your vessel. I basked in their praise and applause until I heard one of them yell 'Thank God we didn't need to waste time saving you!'

Best lesson learned? Be prepared for this eventuality. Make sure passengers know what to do. Make sure that your lovely wife who rushed to the rescue remembers to shut down her Spark before attempting to bring another passenger on board. Always, always make sure the lanyard key is attached to you.

End of day? 12 hours on the 2-up and 5 on the 3-up and we are having an absolute blast! Hope you all have the same experience!

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Beautiful!! Its Nice when people Cheer for you because they do not have to save you!
Enjoy the Spark !!!!
 

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joy of a waverunner is you WILL flip at some point, so be prepared to "examine the hull" and enjoy the dip... LoL, glad it was dry and no fluid leaks in the bilge!
 

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It was bound to happen. But it happened with a massive yacht and a really nice speed boat leaving the marina and me trying to be polite by idling at the mouth of said marina to give right of way. Well, a wave washed over the gunwale and my kid and I had a foot of water suddenly appear on our port side. As we had planned, she immediately pushed me towards the water in an effort to save herself...sigh

Anyway, here is what I learned:

Always apply at least a little throttle in wavy conditions

The front optional storage bin will immediately fill with water and spill out all contents. (Haven't got my anchors yet, but they would surely have been lost)

The Spark took on almost no water and restarted without a thought.

A flipped Spark provides an excellent opportunity to examine the hull.

I greatly appreciated the upside-down sticker that was suddenly right-side up that told me how to flip the Spark to a more palatable position.

I am roughly 138.9 pounds (140 when flexing) and I was easily able to flip the Spark.

Re-boarding in deep water was no problem...I didn't flex for added buoyancy!

My kid headed for the 3-up with boarding step and was aboard with zero effort!

It is a great feeling when several people applaud your efforts to re-right your vessel. I basked in their praise and applause until I heard one of them yell 'Thank God we didn't need to waste time saving you!'

Best lesson learned? Be prepared for this eventuality. Make sure passengers know what to do. Make sure that your lovely wife who rushed to the rescue remembers to shut down her Spark before attempting to bring another passenger on board. Always, always make sure the lanyard key is attached to you.

End of day? 12 hours on the 2-up and 5 on the 3-up and we are having an absolute blast! Hope you all have the same experience!

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I have 2 3-ups both with the convenience package, and have flipped them both. I am not getting the impression that I will lose everything in the front compartment. Anyone else want to chime in here?
 

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I flipped mine today. I was carrying a passenger and she wanted to get dumped. So I did some super slow exaggerated turns and over we went. While upside down the engine raced until I yanked the tether. It was over for about 2 minutes . After reboarding then engine fired instantly but there was some water in it felt heavy in the rear. There was a message on the dash but I didnt get a chance to read it and it was riding nose high and doggy (limp mode) I put it in sport mode and it powered back up and got to plane . It was fine after a few minutes. They do flip over very easy and the heat exchanger was pretty hot.
 

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I have flipped mine twice and didn't loose anything in the compartments. Got pretty wet but like I said. No issues with losing anything though...
 

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http://store.sea-doo.com/product/759304/295100330/_/Safety_Equipment_Kit
This really is worth the $20- Put your reg. ,PWC License, wallet, cell phone, and keys in it and screw it tight and its never gonna fall out or get wet. It snaps in Very Tight under the right side panel!
Throw the rope in the storage place , give the whistle to your neighborhood traffic cop and throw the flashlight away before it falls apart like mine did- But use the container!!!
 

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Glad to hear everything was ok. I flipped mine for the first time yesterday. No water entered the hull which was good. Started right up and drove fine but i wanted to make everything was cool so i drove to the nearest beach to examine the inside. Only thing i noticed was the battery became dislodged from its harness. Oh and we ruined a phone haha. Water got into glove box and we forgot to zip the water bag :/.
 
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