Originally Posted by weavis
How fast do you have to go to get it to skim on the water?
About like skimming on the top of deep snow. I guess maybe 50km/h? But you can accelerate on water -- the track will get some traction in the water, like a paddlewheel steamer. You just have to be careful not to get water into the clutch
-- it will start slipping, and you will lost
way and sink. It happens to someone every year, sometimes with fatal consequences. I keep a pair of ice picks in the outer breast pocket of my jacket, for pulling myself out of the water and onto the ice in case of such a disaster.
This ability is crucial for going cross-country, because except in the very depths of a really cold winter, you will sooner or later have to cross a stream.
The first time I did it, I was riding with a professional snowmobile racer
, a Russian guy, and we came to a fast-moving stream which was not frozen because of the fast water. We were on a high bank, at least 3 meters above the level of the stream. I thought -- now we're turning around and going all the way back through that thick forest we just bashed through. But no -- he pinned the throttle, went over the edge of the bank, and launched his sled into the air towards the middle of the stream. I thought -- he's a dead man. No way can I pull him out of that freezing water. But he hit the water, and instead of sinking, he literally skipped onto the other bank. The force produced by the spinning track hitting the water threw him and his sled back into the air. It was something to see. I followed suit (I sure wasn't going all the way back through the forest alone), and remarkably, it worked just the same for me, and I didn't drown.
Snowmobiles are lots of fun.