By Robert Boop
Personal watercraft (PWCs) are targets for new laws and restrictions. The best way to change the PWC image is to respect other boaters around you by following the laws. Start by knowing the PWC Rules of the Road a code that every boater is legally required to follow. Not only are there safety requirements, but the rules also extend into the realm of boating etiquette. They tell you how to signal and pass other vessels, which boat has the right of way, and how to read aids to navigation. Chances are your state has its own set of PWC rules. For instance, Rhode Island requires state residents to have a PWC license in order to promote safe, courteous riding. There are also local rules concerning PWC operation.
Know Your Machine.
Depending on how much noise and smoke they emit, some watercraft are considered ruder than others old carbureted 2-strokes are considered the height of rudeness. If you're one of the majority of riders using a carbureted 2-stroke PWC, the key is to keep your watercraft well-maintained for minimal smoke emission (there's probably not much you can do about noise). Manufacturers have been addressing both smoke and noise pollution with a new breed of low-decibel 4-strokes. The good news is that within a few years, carbureted technology will be a thing of the past, so many of the big complaints against PWCs will go up in smoke.
You also need to develop your own riding skills to promote safety and courtesy. They include learning to use the throttle and steering properly (many beginners let go of the throttle when they're heading at another boat or obstacle, thus losing steerage), practicing high-speed stopping and steering maneuvers, and scanning the horizon constantly for other boats. This includes common-sense maneuvers like slowing down or avoiding anchored boats, not waking or splashing other boaters, and not doing hour-long doughnuts in front of other boats or waterfront homes. The key is to be aware of others while on the water. Accidents can happen in the blink of an eye.
Know The Area.
Besides being polite to other boaters, there are real and perceived problems associated with PWC and habitat destruction. In fact, that was one of the main arguments for PWC bans in national parks last summer. A little awareness for environmental concerns can go a long way. So, stay clear of nesting grounds and fragile ecosystems. Also, keep your eyes posted for swimmers. Areas around coves and docks can fill up quickly with people who might want to take a dip, so before you decide to gun it, scan the area for potential problems. As far as the wakes go, just apply the golden rule of PWCs a splash unto others as you would like them to splash unto you.
Blast from the past of April/March 2000 Jetsports magazine cover featuring Josh Lustic on cover.
Honoring the Worlds Best Amatures
2000 Wetsuit Guide
Victory at Lake Travis
Blast from the past with this Watercraft World magazine cover of April 2000. This issue featured:
Cruising Florida's West Coast
Watercraft World "Watercraft of the Year" Sea Doo RX DI
Musclecraft Shootout 2000
Dream Demo Coverage
Watch this crazy video of Zapata Flyboard Air test run. The future is going to be CRAZY.
For more info check out zapata-racing.com
Lifewater Engineering to introduce a new line of jet boats that will fundamentally change the way people boat.
Their innovative, fabricated, plastic hulls set the DragonFly 4.0 apart from all other boats on the market. It is a smooth riding, durable boat that handles like a personal watercraft, yet can carry two men and a moose.
They say “It slides right off the trailer because of the low coefficient of friction. “When you hit something in the river, it will bounce off of it instead of denting your boat.”
Jet boat Powered by a 190+ horsepower supercharged four-stroke engine, the DragonFly 4.0 will reach speeds over 45mph in the blink of an eye. It will take you to your favorite fishing or hunting spot with a smile on your face.
Length: 4m (13ft)
Beam: 1.63m (5.33ft)
Engine: Rotax or Yamaha
Deadrise: 10 degrees
Hull material: Thermoplastic
For more infor go to lifewaterengineering.com
Flash back Jet Ski Vintage pic 1997 Long Course Champion Bobby Boop on his 1996 ZXI Jet Ski. (He had a Solas Impeller in it).
2016 USA Regional Jet Ski Racing calendar for Closed Course Racing, Endurance Racing and Free Style.
April 9-10: Lake Havasu City, Arizona (Closed Course)
May 14-15: Blue Water Casino, Parker, AZ (Closed Course Western Nationals)
May 22: Dana Point to Oceanside (Endurance)
June 11&12: Lake Perris (Closed Course)
July 9&10: TBA
July 17: Longbeach To Catalina-LB2CAT (Endurance)
August 13&14: California State Championships/Night Race
Lake Perris, CA (Closed Course)
September 11: TBA (Endurance)
July 30-31, Parhump
August 27-28, Parhump
Tentative: August 20-21
April 16-17: Elma, WA
April 30-May 1 — Devils Lake Dash, Lincoln City, OR
June 11-12 — Lake Osoyoos Cup, Oroville, WA
July 16-17 — Apple Pie Jamboree, Pateros, WA
June 4-5: Wichita, KS
July 2-3: Pomona, KS
August 9-10: Fremont, NE
May 21-22: Gene's Powersports, Baytown, TX
June 18-18: Lake Madison, Madisonviile, TX
August 13-15: Welch Park, Somerville, TX
North East Watercraft Alliance
June 4-5: Laconia, NH
July 23-24: CT Shore
August 27-28: Watkins Glen, NY
Surf and Turf
April 16-17: Tavares, FL
June 4-5: Tavares, FL
July 23-24: Franklin, TN (Freestyle)
August 27: N. Ft. Meyers (Freestyle
MANSORY Design & Holding GmbH, the recognised specialists in luxury car modification, present a maritime jet racer for the demanding water sports enthusiast, in the Black Marlin jet ski custom, based on the Sea-Doo RXT-X 260 RS.
During the refinement process, MANSORY were able to fall back on their experience of the material carbon fibre, accumulated over decades. Use of this extremely strong, ultra-light material has saved up to 10 kilogrammes in weight - and at the same time, the MANSORY designers have given the jet ski a significantly more dynamic, aggressive design.
The carbon-made structures, combined with the precise, hand-crafted modified seat made of special, seawater resistant artificial leather, make the Black Marlin a luxurious eye-catcher. A powerful engine conversion up to 550 hp is in the final testing stage.
TOYOTA and CLEARWATER RIVER CASINO & LODGE
2016 USA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP JET BOAT RACE
The St. Maries Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce Toyota and Clearwater River Casino and Lodge are the official title sponsors for the 2016 USA World Championship Marathon Jet Boat Race scheduled for May 20-29, 2016. Race teams from Canada, Mexico, USA and New Zealand will compete in the week long event.
The Inland Empire Toyota Dealers Association including Parker Toyota and Rogers Toyota Scion have been outstanding supporters of jet boat racing. “We are very excited to partner with Toyota and Clearwater River Casino and Lodge in hosting this world event. This is an amazing opportunity for Idaho to showcase the gem state with its beautiful rivers”, St. Maries Chamber President Shirley Ackerman said. The world championship race is hosted in the United States once every four years.
"As the current UIM1 World Champions, my navigator Jodi Hollingworth and I are looking forward to the worlds in Idaho this May. I know there are race teams that are putting a lot of time into their boats and expect the competition to be very strong. We have made some small changes to our boat and I will guarantee at least 4 boats will hit speeds well into the 155mph. I would like to give a big thank you in advance for all the committees and sponsors that make this possible", Canadian World Champion Rick Hollingworth said.
New Zealand race team John Derry and Brent Hefford competed in the annual Race the Joe! jet boat race in St. Maries, Idaho in May 2015. The team will return to the states to compete in the championship race this year. “I have never raced a world marathon in the U.S. and have always had it on my bucket list to do so. I have met some great U.S. friends over the years of racing all over the world and look forward to racing in their country”, Derry said.
The race will incorporate two new rivers for the marathon, the Coeur d’Alene River and the Grand Ronde River
LOOK Marketing was honored by the Marine Marketers of America with two Neptune Awards for Best Video and Best Social Media of 2015 in the $50 billion marine industry.
The Neptune Awards were presented to LOOK in front of the elite of the marine industry at the NMMA Industry Breakfast to begin the Miami International Boat Show. These are the second and third Neptune Awards won by LOOK marketing for their work with the Sea-Doo brand.
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