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Last summer I rode my buddy's spark. I loved how fun it was and how good on gas it was. I am pretty much sold on it and ready to put a deposit down on a 2016 loaded 3up. But I just have one thing holding me back. I am worried about the hull and the possibility of cracking it. The last PWC I had in my family lasted for 9 years worry free with only one wear right change. It seams like the more I look into the hull cracking the more I find and it scares me off. The other option should be a Yamaha superjet stand up. I would be using either one mostly for just playing around and jumping waves. But it would be nice to have the spark over a stand up in case I wanted to take someone out with me and it also it would be more comfortable on longer rides. In the end I just want to know I am making a solid investment in what I am buying and not going to have to worry about treating it like the hull is made of glass. Please help!
 

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There are plenty of guys here who do some serious wave jumping on their sparks. My opinion if jumping waves is your primary goal, then perhaps a fiberglass hull would be a better option, but that just my opinion. I like to wave jump also but do not do it all the time.
 

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Dont worry about the hull cracking. It will break when you collide, but so would fiberglass.
When i got the spark i was really skeptical to the plastic hull, but after a while i learned that its very strong. Ive had some pretty hard landings where the whole machine flexes, but the hull still holds up good.


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I have had some pretty hard slams into the water coming off some waves as well. No issues here. As others have said, the only cracks I have heard of are collisions with a dock, another watercraft or rocks in shallow water. Any or all of those would also crack a fiberglass hull.

Go for it!
 

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I have had such hard landings that my wrists hurt and I checked the hull when I took it out of the water and it had no signs of damage or bending anywhere. So I wouldn't worry about the hull too much, just remember to land tail first.
 

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I have had such hard landings that my wrists hurt and I checked the hull when I took it out of the water and it had no signs of damage or bending anywhere. So I wouldn't worry about the hull too much, just remember to land tail first.

I've had those, make me cringe every time. But the spark keeps asking for more.


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If you do wave jump, make sure you pull back on the bars and dig your feet in. The ski needs to be vertical. Kinda like jumping into a pool straight in, instead of doing a belly flop ;)

I ride in the ocean, the only thing you need to worry about is hitting rocks, and other boats.
 
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