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Someone loses...

Yellow ski (me) was attacked by orange ski (16yr old son) who was trying to splash me... Yellow ski took blunt of the impact on the nose, orange ski was floating like a bobber... Towed it in... Wouldn't turn over... Insurance called... No injuries...





 

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Glad everyone is okay! That's what makes me nervous...granted I've only ran into one thing and that was my boat because I accidentally tapped the brake on the IBR and it wouldn't give me throttle to turn until it was too late...but I smacked it good and the ski was fine...plastic...I'm not sure how it would have held up...but...I don't usually come close to hitting things...so I guess I'll risk it.
 

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They are kids... If you punched them everytime they almost killed you, you would only see bloodied and battered kids ever...

He knows what he did was wrong and while I was scared sh!tless yesterday, I believe he actually was as well...

Its all good!

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They are kids... If you punched them everytime they almost killed you, you would only see bloodied and battered kids ever...

He knows what he did was wrong and while I was scared sh!tless yesterday, I believe he actually was as well...

Its all good!

LanceM
So they were sinking? The one that got hit in the rear looks bad...
 

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So they were sinking? The one that got hit in the rear looks bad...
It was floating like a bobber would... The back end was in the water and you couldnt ride it without it rolling... No stability... Only when I began to tow it, could you get on it...

We didnt know the damage while we were in the water, I only knew it was taking in water, and judging by the size (large) of the hole, I would have expected more water and a possible sinking of the ski... But she floated somehow, I expect it was all the foam and the fact that was no front damage at all, or it would have taken on more water...

Overall, I would say, it would be hard to literally SINK a spark... But that is just an uneducated guess...

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It was floating like a bobber would... The back end was in the water and you couldnt ride it without it rolling... No stability... Only when I began to tow it, could you get on it...

We didnt know the damage while we were in the water, I only knew it was taking in water, and judging by the size (large) of the hole, I would have expected more water and a possible sinking of the ski... But she floated somehow, I expect it was all the foam and the fact that was no front damage at all, or it would have taken on more water...

Overall, I would say, it would be hard to literally SINK a spark... But that is just an uneducated guess...

LanceM
What do you think 2 fiber glass skis would have looked like in your accident, I just want to know for my own sake..
 

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Completely impartial....

I think the nose of the yellow ski would have take ALOT more damage and the orange ski would have received less, but still had a hole below the waterline...

No way at the speed he hit, would there not have been damage to both if they were fiberglass.

The fact that the yellow ski took so little damage is because of the plastic material side of the orange ski mopping up almost all the impact, through to damage the exhaust (if you look it is cracked too).

Basically the pointed front of the yellow ski popped the hole in the weaker plastic underside of the orange ski...

2 fiberglass beasts, I dont believe that would have happened the same way... Both would be very strong and I believe both would give some, causing me to have 2 claims vs the single claim I have now....

This is my opinion only and I form it from driving boats for the majority of my life, fiberglass and metal (although metal was a long time ago).

Having never owned a fiberglass jet ski, I can not say if the hypothetical fiberglass orange ski would have stayed afloat like the plastic model did... I believe weight would become an issue quickly, and were in very deep water (80ft appx). But this is just complete conjecture.

Im not a fan boy of the spark because it is plastic... I see the pros and cons... I like these because they are small and light vs the bigger heavier models of skis...

my 2 cents...

LanceM

PS taking the orange in for repair today... Will keep the thread updated as this process goes through, for others who find themselves in a similar situation. Also, still have tried to start the orange one... I dont want to take it all apart and also take it to the shop... So Im going to let insurance\dealer decide if they want to try and start it up :)
 

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Thanks for your impartial comment! Nice!
 

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fiberglass ones are heavier so you would have had more weight hitting each other at that speed. think of it as the difference between 2 cars colliding at 40mph compared to 2 trucks colliding at the same speed.
 

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Took the orange ski in to the dealership... Of course everyone had to come and look at the damage... It was like the first major damaged spark they had seen...

Since it has been out of the water for right at the 24hr mark (this is important for everyone to know as I did not know this myself, if a ski is "sunk" or has potential water damage, Seadoo has a 24hr rule that if it hasn't been run or looked at by a mech by 24hrs, then the motor must be rebuilt), the mechanic plugged in the key and pressed the red button... At first he was just tapping the button, I'm guessing to see if it would turn over or was hydro-locked... Well, it turned over and after a couple of times, started up, and water came pouring out the back end exhaust, alot more than normal. Ran for about 20 seconds and died... We waited for about 15 minutes while discussing it, and then he tried it again, and it would turn over, but wouldn't start... His best guess was fouled plugs, but it would have to wait till the next day for him to crack it open and take a look. I have a business card, and they would call me when they know something... As for the repair, if it isn't totaled, expect about 3 weeks, ug, but those are the breaks..

Updates as I get them...

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there is only one second between fun and tragedy


not worth the risk lucky no on hurt is the best outcome
Yup , incredibly irresposible driving.
That kind of stuff kills people. Glad no one was hurt, but it was more good luck than good management. That lad needs to take a safe boating course .
Hopefully he learned his lesson and will become better educated.
 

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Just got a call from the Auditor, they have totaled the orange ski... Going to give me NADA value for it, but wouldn't discuss $$$ yet until it gets approved.

This leads me to the question...

How do I move my VTech tune credit to the new ski Im going to purchase?
 

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Just got a call from the Auditor, they have totaled the orange ski... Going to give me NADA value for it, but wouldn't discuss $$$ yet until it gets approved.

This leads me to the question...

How do I move my VTech tune credit to the new ski Im going to purchase?
Take out the ECU and put it in the other ski (?) :) Should work fine.
And you will have a spare hehe.. Also take out the impeller and wearring :p
 
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