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« on: June 11, 2019, 11:02:05 PM »
Hello Iím new to the board. I just picked up a 1992 carrera eclipse. I have grown up boating all my life but have never been in a jet boat. I have a really stupid question. I took out my boat for the first time and while floating around I was deadly scared that any little wake will roll in to my boat and sink it. So my question is how well does a low jet boat take mild chop stationary? Do I really have to worry about anything? I have a 6 month old daughter on the boat and do not want anything to happen so Iím overly cautious. Thanks


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« Reply #1 on: June 12, 2019, 06:09:41 AM »
All boats are different.  I have a 76 Rogers SC with a BBC in it and as long as I don't come off plane too fast it doesn't take on water.  However, if I get around wake boats it tends to take on a little.  I have gotten it over the side while making a tight turn to the left with my fatass on that side.

I've only been in a jet for the last two summers, my suggestion is to go out by yourself or with a buddy and play with the boat.  Learn it, see how it handles different water and wave conditions.

I went out a half dozen times before I ever took the kids with me, learned a lot about my boat and how she handles, I'm still learning, but at least I have a decent grasp before putting others in possible harms way.
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« Reply #2 on: June 12, 2019, 07:17:34 AM »
Turn on the bilge pump and continue with the good times...


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« Reply #3 on: June 12, 2019, 08:31:29 AM »
All boats are different.  I have a 76 Rogers SC with a BBC in it and as long as I don't come off plane too fast it doesn't take on water.  However, if I get around wake boats it tends to take on a little.  I have gotten it over the side while making a tight turn to the left with my fatass on that side.

I've only been in a jet for the last two summers, my suggestion is to go out by yourself or with a buddy and play with the boat.  Learn it, see how it handles different water and wave conditions.

I went out a half dozen times before I ever took the kids with me, learned a lot about my boat and how she handles, I'm still learning, but at least I have a decent grasp before putting others in possible harms way.

Ya driving is fine I was just wondering about when your floating down river and thereís a lot of traffic around you. Didnt know if the boat will get chop crashing over the sides or if it just goes with the flow. I have two 750 gph bilge pumps on her. But I will definitely take it out a couple times before I start taking people out with me. Thanks for the help


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« Reply #4 on: June 13, 2019, 01:41:25 AM »
Ya driving is fine I was just wondering about when your floating down river and thereís a lot of traffic around you. Didnt know if the boat will get chop crashing over the sides or if it just goes with the flow. I have two 750 gph bilge pumps on her. But I will definitely take it out a couple times before I start taking people out with me. Thanks for the help


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Really depends on where you are doing your boating and what time of day, I totally agree with the above comment about keeping up on your bilge pump. Always anchor bow out and dock on the inside at Parker bars, have fun!

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« Reply #5 on: June 19, 2019, 03:21:13 PM »
The issue will be when you are floating and chillin' in the middle of the lake.  My buddy was in his low Bahner when some A-hole in a 30+ footer sped by close to his boat at Lake Havasu.  Well, he saw the huge wake approaching and tried to start the boat and get going before it hit.  As he was turning it over, a huge wave came over the back filled the bilge area.  Another washed over and the back and it started sinking.  The front went straight up and the boat sank 12 feet below the surface, tip still straight up.  He had to pay $2,000 for a recovery boat and diver to retrieve it and tow him back to the launch ramp.  It was the craziest thing I've ever seen.  I've never seen anything like it, or since.  I would make sure you watch out for other big boats and don't just float in the middle of the lake without a backup plan.  Like always, just be cautious and prepared.  Up on a beach, it wouldn't have been a problem.   
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« Reply #6 on: June 19, 2019, 04:41:36 PM »
Donít forget about automatic bilge pumps.
In all seriousness a pump with a higher GPM will be fine. Itís happened to all of us at one point or another.


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