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Old 30-08-2012, 05:41   #16
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Re: Jetski on Hull

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What speed do you have to plug Jetski's up at these days to avoid forced water intake?
Years ago we used to have a plug in our intake when we towed it behind the Moonraker.
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Old 30-08-2012, 05:48   #17
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Re: Jetski on Hull

Guys,

towing a 250 kg monster behind your cat is a disaster waiting to happen. In nice weather (don't most cruises start out this way?) it could be simply a better looking drogue, but when the waves kick up you will have a missile heading your way every time your boat has stopped surfing down the wave, but your jetski hasn't yet. Add to that the fact that their exterior is of the same hardness as your hull, completely different from your dinghy...I hope you get the idea...

If you absolutely want to take one - I have seen cats with the new dinghy lifts that had them on the lift. Looked pretty secure to me.

...and I admit I hate them with a passion when anchored. Seems like they are never satisfied to dissipate their power in the open, but they have to take your boat as a buoy for a high speed turn etc. etc. etc.

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Old 30-08-2012, 06:07   #18
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Re: Jetski on Hull

Hence we keep over ripe fruit and veges at the sink in the cockpit, for RIB drivers as well .... done once already with a tomato...
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Old 30-08-2012, 06:21   #19
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What speed do you have to plug Jetski's up at these days to avoid forced water intake?
Years ago we used to have a plug in our intake when we towed it behind the Moonraker.
Not too fast, we have installed a inline valve which does the job.
Towing it up to 8 knots has not been an issue though

We have floating rope too which helps prevent prop tangles.
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Putting people's biases aside: I think the 1000+ pound weight of the jet-ski is your deal killer. Even at half that weight it would be too heavy for a cat that size. If you reinforced the davits and blocks you could carry it, but the cat would sit low and drag in the stern and sail like a dog. I wouldn't even consider towing in a seaway. If you put it in the davits you could get a lightweight (sub-100 pound) dinghy and hoist it to the deck or cabin roof with a halyard, or a roll-up dinghy.
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Putting people's biases aside: I think the 1000+ pound weight of the jet-ski is your deal killer. Even at half that weight it would be too heavy for a cat that size. If you reinforced the davits and blocks you could carry it, but the cat would sit low and drag in the stern and sail like a dog. I wouldn't even consider towing in a seaway. If you put it in the davits you could get a lightweight (sub-100 pound) dinghy and hoist it to the deck or cabin roof with a halyard, or a roll-up dinghy.
Totally agree.
Our 360 kg jetski would be too heavy for our 45 ft cat.
We have a 230 kg one coming which will work fine, big difference in weight.
The xl 700 is easier to repair and fine to ride.
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There is nothng more obnoxious in a quiet anchorage than a jet ski. For some reason most people feel they must operate them like weekend Sea Ray drivers. You would be as popular as the plague!
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Ahhh, I have fond memories of being anchored out in a nice, small protected cove on the Chesapeake with a nice sunset coming on, a bottle of wine, dinner near ready, nice jazz softly coming from the cockpit speakers. What could be better? Well, low and behold, two jet skis running circles around this nice little anchorage, totally destroying our tranquility and romantic dinner aboard. Ahhh, I remember it well.
Who doesn't just love those things??? I mean really, what could be more fun?!!
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Jet skis are equal to motocross bikes it depends on the rider, sadly their are bad drivers of both but not always.
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If you do buy the cat and jetski, just make sure that you ride it at idle in anchorage, and go out of your way to avoid annoying other anchored/sailing boats.

How about a underwater submarine instead? They are way over the jet ski in the cool factor, and will not annoy every other person you meet.

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Re: Jetski on Hull

Jetskis are one of two reasons we don't carry guns on board our catamaran.

What type of anchor will you use with it? (just covering all the bases...)

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Jet skis are equal to motocross bikes it depends on the rider, sadly their are bad drivers of both but not always.

You sound like a jetski owner,,,at least motocross bikes go out into the bush away from the public
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Nope never owned one they are not my style, i've owned properties in Australia where bikes annoyed the crap out of me by buzzing by our paddocks.

It's an observation that Jetski's and Motorcross are very similar the annoyance level depends on the drivers respect.

RIB's and Speedboats are the more common annoyance to us insisting on putting them on the step beside us and usually when i'm cooking......
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Nope never owned one they are not my style, i've owned properties in Australia where bikes annoyed the crap out of me by buzzing by our paddocks.

It's an observation that Jetski's and Motorcross are very similar the annoyance level depends on the drivers respect.

RIB's and Speedboats are the more common annoyance to us insisting on putting them on the step beside us and usually when i'm cooking......

For some the mere sight of a jetski is enough for them to get upset, for me it is a smoker thrwing away their cigarette or rubbish everywhere. but not on the floor in their own house.

Agree

"It's an observation that Jetski's and Motorcross are very similar the annoyance level depends on the drivers respect."
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Re: Jetski on Hull

Maybe I'm getting old but our 9' tinny with 5hp is about as much as I can manage.

Some seem to have a lot of fun with a RIB with a 15hp Yamaha. I've even heard of some going up to 20 or even 25hp. They may not have a better power/weight ratio than a F16 but they should go pretty well.

I recall a foreigner left Albur in the Phils to go to Alona Beach on a jetski and never arrived. They found his body more than a few days later...
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