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Old 24-09-2017, 08:55   #16
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Re: How often do power boats get caught in the rain?

Up here the question is: "How often does a boat get caught out in the sun". Nasty stuff. It will kill you.
Get some good raingear.
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Old 24-09-2017, 09:15   #17
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How often do power boats get caught in the rain?

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I'm hoping to see a tiny VHF, flashlight and laser flare ON your life jacket. RadarScope, Navionics, Magic Seaweed, ShipFinder app, Inlet Cam website (if available) and spare battery ON your phone. Most all the folks on the board here monitor VHF16 when running. You or they may need the other's help at some point.

Mechanic TI on your ski every 6 months. Possibly a depth finder install.

Your use sounds well beyond regular PWC, almost like coastal pilotage, not spending your money but you will benefit from the additional tools if your weather windows are a little wider than most.

Your plan to use shallows defensively tells me you are already in the right mindset. The next piece is social - spend time on local fuel docks and learn all you can about your inlet, standing waves etc.

You don't need to be Bernie Webber but I recommend you watch The Finest Hour with the bass on high a few times to take in respect for what an angry inlet can do. Pick your days.

Good luck and see you out there !
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Old 24-09-2017, 10:47   #18
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Re: How often do power boats get caught in the rain?

Is the OP related to the Wicked Witch of the West?
Just asking...
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Old 24-09-2017, 12:05   #19
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Re: How often do power boats get caught in the rain?

Handling after noon rain, and sometimes thunderstorms in florida,

1. Look at the conditions.....make a plan

2. weather gear">Foul Weather Gear

3. Dock line

4. Cruising guide to the local marina bars and a happy hours

5. Extra cash to treat the bar bunnies to a rum, or two.

6. More extra cash for a room at the marina hotel

Is retirement great, or what !!!
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Old 24-09-2017, 12:11   #20
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Re: How often do power boats get caught in the rain?

Rain is only water, and if you're on a PWC, aren't you kinda wet anyway?
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Old 24-09-2017, 12:38   #21
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Nice for a cold, blowing rain. When it's hot, we just get wet. Wouldn't think it all that handy to have on a PWC, though.
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Old 24-09-2017, 12:45   #22
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Re: How often do power boats get caught in the rain?

I have to chuckle at all those snaps on those sunbrella enclosures. You never want to thumb wrestle anyone that has that much canvas. Of the 4 boats I have owned 3 had complete enclosures. Plus mooring covers. The sunbrella would shrink and always make 2 or 3 snaps super tough to get snapped. You really need strong thumbs to snap those covers.

I always liked being on the water after a rain because it will chase many boaters off the water leaving more water to me.
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I have to chuckle at all those snaps on those sunbrella enclosures. You never want to thumb wrestle anyone that has that much canvas. Of the 4 boats I have owned 3 had complete enclosures. Plus mooring covers. The sunbrella would shrink and always make 2 or 3 snaps super tough to get snapped. You really need strong thumbs to snap those covers.

I always liked being on the water after a rain because it will chase many boaters off the water leaving more water to me.
Amen! Our last enclosure had the twist type jobs instead of snaps. When they made the enclosure for our current boat, they used snaps. My grip isn't quite what it used to be....
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Rain is only water, and if you're on a PWC, aren't you kinda wet anyway?
Uhh, yes. He will be very wet anyway and I would think rain shouldn't bother him at all. No good hiding under a bridge to avoid lightening either, it can get you there!
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Old 25-09-2017, 04:52   #25
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The reason I wondered about power boats getting caught in the rain is because they can scoot to the dock in most cases. That will be that same as me. If I see lightning or hear thunder in the distance I will scoot back to the dock. In an easy straight down rain I will stay out. In a heavy driving rain I will seek a bridge.

The newest PWC's have features that I think will allow me to stay under a bridge. They have more slow speed control and a 'No Wake Mode'. If it gets windy or the current is too fast I will try these new features. If it works great, if not maybe I will learn to scoot back to the dock.
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Old 25-09-2017, 14:59   #26
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Re: How often do power boats get caught in the rain?

Im confused why this is an issue. Do PWC melt in the rain?

If so...Id like to watch.


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Re: How often do power boats get caught in the rain?

If it's cold rain, you'll need a set of oilies and rubber boots. And yes, we sail in the rain all the time, with proper clothing/other means of protection (pilothouse rocks!).

There is no bad weather just inappropriate clothing!
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Re: How often do power boats get caught in the rain?

Wear a high-quality rain suit and stew in your own sweat. Or get a "real" powerboat with an indoor helm.
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Old 28-09-2017, 12:58   #29
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Re: How often do power boats get caught in the rain?

As any power boater knows rain will chase away 80% of the boaters maybe more. When I was a younger man rain meant I had a lot of water to myself. We would water ski the area ski course. During a rain we would stay out and hunker down. As soon as the rain stopped we would start skiing. Often times we would have the water to our selves up to two hours before other power boats started to create rollers into the ski course.

So again, I nor the waverunner will melt...I hope
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