Sea Chaser 24 HFC sets Standard for Serious Fish, Play Boat

 

 
Sea Chaser 24 HFC sets Standard for Serious Fish, Play Boat

By Craig Lamb

Are you a hardcore saltwater tournament angler? Will your family spend just as much time aboard the boat as you do fishing?

Finding a center console saltwater boat rigged and ready for fish and play isn’t that hard to find. What is though is finding a boat designed for comfort, safety and all the features you need for winning a tournament and keeping smiles on faces of family.

 

The boat that fills all those needs, and in luxury, comfort, and style, is the Sea Chaser 24 HFC by Carolina Skiff. Hybrid Fish & Cruise (HFC) truly means what it stands for in a boat. The revolutionary design of the HFC 24 is built from the bottom up with devoted fishermen and active families in mind.

Whatever the activity the 24 HFC is already rigged out with the features everyone needs to enjoy a long day on the water. Head out early for a long offshore run to catch pelagic species and then cruise a secluded island for an afternoon of beachcombing. You can do it all on the same trip with this features-loaded rig.

The 24 HFC delivers safety, comfort, style, and performance like no other boat in the class. The 24 HFC has a wide 101-inch beam, length overall of 23 feet, 9 inches, and a respectable gunwale height. You get that for safety, along with a fuel tank holding up to 100 gallons for long offshore runs and overnight trips to faraway destinations. The 24 HFC is rated for a maximum of 300 horsepower, providing plenty of transom space for dual outboards.

Comfort. That word sums up the interior family-friendly features of the 24 HFC. Up front is plush U-shaped bow lounge seating with forward facing backrest. Another bench seat can be folded down flush to the console for more cockpit roaming space.

Need storage space? There is more than you can ever need for watersports and other gear. Below the bow seating is a 208-quart/52-gallon compartment. Never loose sight of your cold beverage on this boat. There are eight stainless steel LED-illuminated cup holders throughout the boat. Additional bench seating is available, and a bi-fold console door leads to a marine head with standard Porta-Potti.

Tournament pros or weekend warriors will appreciate the blue-water setup for offshore fishing. Rocket launcher-style rod holders aft of the optional T-top and gunwale storage for six rods provide plenty of space to keep outfits at the ready. Eight top-gunwale mounted holders are positioned for trolling and drifting. Twin aerated live wells, a 25-gallon live well and 25-gallon baitwell built into the leaner seat, provide plenty of capacity for a long day of fishing.

Flip the cushioned helm seat and find the built-in live well, a prep sink with fold-down faucet and cutting board lid. Up front is a triangular-shaped deck hatch that can be used as a 32-gallong fish box. There’s even a molded recess to secure a bait bucket. Land your catch and store it in the in-floor fish box with bucket storage. Capacity is 128 quarts/32 gallons.

 

The 24 HFC has a large, open cockpit for setting tolling lines, a drift, or plenty of room when you double up with a partner on a trophy catch. There is a 15-gallon storage box extending across the transom bulkhead. Stern bench seating runs from beam to beam. Remove the plush cushions, and you have a built-in casting deck. Below the bench seating is a starboard hatch that opens to the insulated box for storing drinks or fish. The center hatch provides access to batteries and other operating systems of the boat.

For easy access, there’s a built-in side entry door and telescoping swim ladder. How’s that for upping your game for scuba diving, landing fish, or just boarding the boat with safety and ease.

The 24 HFC is built on Carolina Skiff’s legendary and trustworthy 30 years of boat design. Built with 100 percent composite construction, the 24 HFC is build solid and dependable for years of rugged use in saltwater environments. A quick-lift, high-performance step-hull provides quick hole shots to get the boat on plane for a smooth, dry ride.

You have a lot of options about finding out more about the HFC 24, Sea Chaser and Carolina Skiff models. There are 60 in all from which to choose and you can get started at carolinaskiff.com. You can find a dealer, learn more about the brand legacy, and build a boat on the website.  Join the community of Carolina Skiff followers at the Carolina Skiff Facebook Page.

 

Original Source:  Sportsmans Lifestyle.com

 

Living the ‘Skiff Life”

 

Living the ‘Skiff Life”

By Craig Lamb

Fishing hard. Playing harder. Cruising the skinniest of water, or heading out miles away from shore into the blue water. Doing the heavy lifting and transporting the goods for a job. Spending quality time with family and friends on a secluded beach. Watersports? Yep, you do that too. Scuba diving over a wreck in the bay. Snorkeling over a reef on the lookout for a lobster dinner.

All of the above describes the Skiff Life. Carolina Skiff owners have been doing it now for 30 years and counting. After three decades of building loyal customers, those owners define what fishing, playing and working mean in a skiff-designed boat.

Carolina Skiff continues responding to the needs of its loyal owners by designing and evolving with what it takes to live The Skiff Life. Need proof? Here you go.

For novices and skilled boaters, the J-Series is the perfect skiff for entry-level boaters or anyone looking for an affordable boat. The J-Series is the perfect skiff for just knocking around the marina or in the skinniest of sloughs, backwaters or mangroves. With 100 percent composite construction the J-Series doesn’t have an expiration date when it comes to rugged durability and a long lasting finish.

 

A pillar of the brand is the DLX Series, tracing its roots back to the first model built in 1983. Since then the DLX has built a loyal following as one of the most durable, versatile and stable boats on the water. Plain and simple, you just can’t beat it as a runabout, commercial workboat or for just about any activity on the water.

Could the DLX get even more versatile? Yep, and the proof is in the DLX Tunnel Series. The DLX is known for shallow draft, and that gets even more of a lift with the Tunnel Series.

What gives tunnel hulls an advantage is the higher outboard motor mount. Water is dispersed from the hull into a tunnel. Undisturbed water is then funneled to the prop for better bite and less cavitation. Throttle the outboard and the boat quickly gets on plan and stays there without porpoising. What else happens with a tunnel is better performance and even fuel economy. Less hull in the water means less drag, which also means less fuel consumed.

High payload capacity, extra wide body, tough and reliable. Reads like the advertising tag line for a pickup truck, right?

The reality is those words also describe the DLX Extra Wide Series. The DLX-EW draws very little water while remaining stable. You can carry more weight further and faster using less horsepower. Those unique qualities come from a patented hull design with bow splash guards to keep you dry from spray over the bow. And positive tracking keels on the running surface keep the boat tracking true while maneuvering without the typical flat-bottom slide when making turns. Go extra wide with three models with 103” beams with lengths overall from 23’ 2” to 27’ 1.”

A top choice for fishing in shallow water is the JVX Series. A lightweight hull and modified V-hull design combine for a boat that will carry more, go further and faster with less horsepower. You get excellent maneuverability and handling with the positive tracking keels. Patented splash-guards provide the smooth, dry ride. Choose from nine models in center console, side console or stick steering.  

Fishermen have plenty of options from which to choose. Nine different models are in the JVX Series lineup, and you can customize the rig to fit angling needs.

What’s in a name? When the boat is the Ultra Elite Series. The proof is in the name. Ultra means extreme. Superior defines elite. The Ultra Series delivers with three boats in one. Equally at home inshore lake or river, in the bays along the coastline, fishing the tidal creeks and offshore exploring. Whatever the adventure the Ultra Series can do it all. Choose between four models from 19’ to 24.’

Are you ready to live the Skiff Life? Get started using the the Build A Boat feature. On the website, you can find a dealer, request a catalog and more. Check out the loyal following of Carolina Skiff Life fans and owners on Facebook.

 

 

Original Source:  Sportsmans Lifestyle.com 

Go Skiing With Tidewater

 

Go Skiing With Tidewater

By Craig Lamb

Thumbs up. Thumbs down. Those hand gestures mean more than acknowledging that you like something.

In skiing terms, the thumbs up gesture means the skier wants boat speed to increase. Back off the throttle when thumbs go down. Those are just two of the seven skier hand signals that are fundamentals of learning the original powerboat watersport.

First timers will do well learning the fundamentals of skiing on land. Learning the hand signals, placing feet in and adjusting bindings and holding the handle properly are on the list. So is proper body position for starting and body position while skiing.

Learning the basic safety codes before jumping in is another good idea. Topping the list is wearing a properly fitting personal flotation device. Choose a PFD that is designed for skiing and put it on before getting into the water. Don’t give the starting signal until ready. Make sure all slack is out of the towline, and you are clear of any dangerous obstacles.

Falling is a given until your practice instills the confidence you need to stay up. When a fall is inevitable, try to go backward or to either side. A forward fall, obviously, increases the chances of hitting the ski.

Remember those diving board cannonball plunges you made as a kid into the swimming pool? That is also the proper body position for starting. First, practice it on land, wearing skis. Grip the handle, knuckles up, and have a partner pull on the rope to help pull you up. This will give you the feeling of being pulled up by the boat.

While practicing, make sure the knees are together at all times. Let the boat do the work for you. Once up remain in a chair position with the arms straight, shoulders and knees flexible. Once comfortable, bring your hips underneath your shoulders, and away you go!

Watersports, cruising, and fishing all go together. You can it all aboard the all-new Tidewater Boats 220 CC Adventure. Like all Tidewater Boats, this beauty is where luxury meets functionality. A yacht-style helm station, backlit aluminum carbon fiber dash panel, wrap-around bow seating with flip-out backrests, and so much make this a dream boat for a family outing.

Click here to view the spec sheet for the 220 CC Adventure.

The 220 CC Adventure is loaded with popular options that put smiles on faces. A bow table with cushions, TH Marine LED Underwater Lights, Taco 270 Series Outriggers and a Fusion Stereo prove the point.

Tidewater Boats are designed with distinctive Carolina Flair, setting up the dry ride, to direct waves away from the hull using reverse chines.

Composite construction, foam filled hulls, cored decks, and gunwales plus much more quality design, materials and construction are extras that come with the price of a Tidewater.

By taking extra steps not found in most brands, Tidewater has the confidence in providing owners a 10-year, transferable warranty that covers the hull.

Add it all up, and the 220 CC Adventure makes the perfect boat for water skiing, fishing, cruising and anything else a family likes to enjoy on the water.

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Come See Tidewater Boats at Miami’s Favorite Boat Show

 

Come See Tidewater Boats at Miami’s Favorite Boat Show

By Craig Lamb

Water and boats go together, but you don’t always find both at a boat show. You can now find those and more at the 2017 Progressive Insurance Miami International Boat Show.

This year’s event, conveniently scheduled during President’s Day weekend, is Feb. 16-20. The show has a new home at the Miami Marine Stadium Park & Basin on Biscayne Bay. The location on Virginia Key is easy to get to by land and water.

Shake the winter blues and head to Miami to get your boating season kicked off early. You can do that by visiting Booth B147—B Tent, where Tidewater Boats will display the latest models. Dealer reps and factory experts will be on hand to meet, greet and help visitors turn their dream into reality of enjoying an ultimate day on the bay and elsewhere. 

Visit the booth and find front and center the new Tidewater 320CC, the premier model in the lineup. The 320CC center console boat is designed for smoothing out pounding waves on long offshore runs. With a length of 32 feet and a beam spanning 10’ 4” the boat can handle big water and is loaded from bow to stern with features for the serious blue water angler.

Luxury and functionality are unique in a center console fishing boat, and you get both with the Tidewater 220 LXF. A boat designed for fishing with ultra comfort features for cruising and family outings.

Find luxury from stem to stern in this boat with a centerline of 22′ 2″ and a ultra-wide beam of 8′ 10.” With a transom height of 25″ and 18-degree deadrise the 220 LXF is built for performance with a smooth, dry ride. The 220 are part of the LXF line. Read more about the models here.

Tidewater Boats engineers succeeded in a designing a boat with comfortable, spacious family seating, abundant storage and all the features serious anglers seek in an offshore center console rig. Best of all, the design is family friendly when it comes time to welcome aboard passengers for a cruise. 

You can also check out the 280 CC Adventure, 230 CC Adventure, 210 CC Adventure, 2500 Carolina Bay and the 252 LXF.

Tidewater Boats are designed with distinctive Carolina Flair, the most in class, that provides a softer transition between chop and big waves. That sets up the dry ride, to direct waves away from the hull using reverse chines. Tidewater likes to appropriately call that feature the Dry Chine Ride.

The smooth ride comes from the wave-shock absorbency of the Corrugated Grid Stringer Vertebra. Filled with foam to reduce noise and vibration, the stringer system works like a human skeleton to create a rigid, unified construction that tightly secures all of the internal parts. Those include fuel tanks, consoles, seating and storage compartments that are fastened to the stringer system. To ensure a solid, tight fit every stringer system is customized for each Tidewater model.

Another defining Tidewater feature is the Spray Relief Point. That is the point of impact on the hull deflecting water away from the boat. Multiple SRP areas enhance the characteristic dry ride of the Tidewater.

Read more about all the performance details and features here.

By taking extra steps not found in most brands, Tidewater has the confidence in providing owners a 10-year, transferable warranty that covers the hull.

There will be plenty of boats to see and much to do. More than 1,300 boats on land and docked within 550-plus slips, including a deep-water basin for yachts, will greet visitors. There’s a closed and open-air tented exhibit space for marine accessories, electronics, engines and apparel.

The show address is 3501 Rickenbacker Causeway in Miami. Water taxis, shuttle buses and adequate parking for vehicles and boats will be available.

Tidewater stays close to it’s saltwater roots with the manufacturing facility located in Lexington, S.C. Find out more about the complete lineup of models, view the brand catalog, and find a Tidewater dealer at tidewaterboats.com. Visit the growing community of Tidewater owners on Facebook at Tidewater Boats LLC.

Original Source:  Sportsmans Lifestyle.com

Fish hard, play more with the all new Skeeter Solera™ 189

 

Fish hard, play more with the all new Skeeter Solera™ 189

By Craig Lamb

Combine the superior smooth, dry ride of a deep-V hull, and a performance-driven fishing rig with room for the entire family and the result is the new Skeeter Solera 189.

The new Solera redefines the fish-and-play boat category by combining the better of two worlds into one rig.

Skeeter’s reputation for designing and building performance-handling hulls is evident in the handling of the Solera 189. So is the long list of standard features that serious fishermen expect from Skeeter.

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Performance and fish-ability are delivered in a wide-open, spacious and comfortable interior with room for a family to fish, play and cruise all in the same package. Head out for a morning of serious fishing and then pick up the family for an afternoon of water sports. The Solera 189 is ready for it all.

The Solera189 is powered by a Yamaha SHO®150 horsepower outboard for quick hole shots, faster top speeds, and smarter fuel economy. Up front is a powerful Minn Kota® Terrova® 80 pound thrust trolling motor for staying on top of the fish and powering through strong currents. Trolling motor batteries get quickly and efficiently charged with the standard Minn Kota® 10×3 Precision onboard charger.

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The Terrova® features new Lift-Assist Design that takes the work out of stowing, making it effortless to raise the motor by barely lifting a finger. This family-friendly feature is one of the many well thought out choices made by Skeeter that are standard on the Solera. Also standard is a trolling motor sliding bracket.

 Skeeter’s reputation as the best-equipped fishing rig with standard features continues with the electronics. The Solera 189 comes with a Humminbird® HELIX® 7 that is packed to the gills with technology. Anyone aboard can use the HELIX® because it’s easy to use, dependable and unbelievably clear, bright, and fast.

Skeeter engineers took into consideration the abundant storage needed by a family to store fishing tackle, water sports gear, and personal items. The result is a boat with plenty of storage compartments for keeping gear dry, organized and at the ready.  [“at the ready”?  Or just “and ready?”]

Family-friendly features include a ski tow pylon and a stand-up top for instant pop-up shade in the midday sun. A bow cushion package adds comfort up front for passengers. When it comes time for listening to favorite tunes those can be played on the Bluetooth capable Infinity® stereo with four corresponding speakers.

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Skeeter’s Revolutionary REACT KEEL complements the peace of mind and dry ride offered by the deep-V hull. The REACT KEEL in windy conditions tracks the hull in a straighter line to resist torque steer and cross winds. The results on the Solera 189 is a boat tracks straight without bow swing for prime fish-ability.

The Solera 189 makes its debut soon in Chicago and Minneapolis. Check it out at the Chicago Boat, RV & Strictly Sail Show®. Dates are Jan. 11-15 at McCormick Place. You can also see the new model introduced at the Minneapolis Boat Show®, one of the nation’s largest. Dates are Jan. 19-22 at the Minneapolis Convention Center.

In the meantime, get your boat show fix at skeeterboats.com. You can request a brochure or download a catalog, build your dream rig, and get Skeeter Team merchandise to wear to the shows.  Got a question? They’ve got answers at the Skeeter factory in Kilgore, Texas. Call (903) 984-0541, or find the nearest dealer here.

 

This document contains many of Skeeter’s valuable trademarks. It may also contain trademarks belonging to other companies. Any references to other companies or their products are for identification purposes only, and are not intended to be an endorsement.

 

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Florida’s Carolina Skiff dealer Dusky set for World’s Biggest in-Water Show

 

Florida’s  Carolina Skiff dealer Dusky set for World’s Biggest in-Water Show

By Craig Lamb

Dusky Sports Center is smack dab in the middle of Florida’s prime boating waters, and coincidentally near the world’s largest in-water boat show. The boating industry knows the event as the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, set for Nov. 3-7, 2016.

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Dusky Sports Center is located in Dania, a suburb of Fort Lauderdale. Dusky Sports Center will occupy booth 2032 at the Broward County Convention Center.

 

Carolina Skiff will be well represented with six models on display. Those are the 16 JVX CC, 18 JVX CC, 17 JV CC, 198 DLV, 21 Ultra and 218 DLV.

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Dusky Sports Center is a full-service marine center with boats, motors and a 7,500-square-foot Ship’s Store with a full line of boating accessories. Fishing tackle and apparel occupy lots of store space, too, making the business a one-stop shop for everything marine. The business has operated for 30 years and over a decade as a dealer of Carolina Skiff.

Dusky is a Platinum Certified Evinrude dealer, and [G1]   the dealership’s technicians are certified in servicing Evinrude, Suzuki, Yamaha and Mercury engines. The service department offers full service for any maintenance needs.

 

The Fort Lauderdale show, now in its 56th year, showcases an estimated $4 billion worth of sport fishing boats, yachts, center consoles, trawlers, sailboats, tenders, ski boats, dinghies, jet skis, and related marine products.

This show covers more than 3 million square feet of space, both on land and in the water. Show exhibits range from yacht designers and builders to exotic vehicles and brokerage yachts.

In addition to boats, exhibits include an exotic auto display, the latest innovations in equipment, personal submarines and a huge selection of the latest yacht and water toys. The show is open to the public.

 

Check out the entire line of Carolina Skiff models at carolinaskiff.com. You can find a dealer, learn more about the brand legacy, and build a boat on the website. You can also contact Carolina Skiff and request a catalog. Join the community of Carolina Skiff followers at the Carolina Skiff Facebook Page.

 

Dusky Sports Center is located at 110 Bryan Rd., Dania Beach, Fla. Phone: (954) 920-7866. Find out more on the web at duskyonline.com.

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Preventing Ethanol Headaches

 

Preventing Ethanol Headaches

By Capt. Gus Cane

 

Corn was a staple of early settlers, and it’s still a major part of our diet today. But a modern derivative of corn—ethanol—can create havoc in a boat’s fuel system. Fortunately, there are ways to combat the problems caused by ethanol to keep outboards running clean and strong.

 

Ethanol is a form of alcohol distilled from corn and other natural sources. Congress mandated it or E-10 as a fuel additive to reduce engine emissions and the dependency on foreign oil supplies. While those are admirable goals, certain characteristics of ethanol make it extremely problematic for outboard engines.

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Ethanol attracts water molecules, and that causes a major problem with vented fuel tanks. With humidity and condensation, water molecules can collect in the fuel tank and when the concentration accumulates to as little as one-half of one percent, the water, and alcohol molecules combine. When they do, they sink to the bottom of the tank where the fuel pick-up is located. Too much of this mix and the outboard can run rough or stall. Internal damage to the engine components is also possible. Excessive water can lead to phase separation, which reduces the octane level to further impact performance.

 

But that’s not all. Ethanol is a solvent that scours tanks, fuel lines, and other system components. It will dissolve certain plastics and rubber. It loosens debris and deposits. Fuel-injected outboards are designed with precise tolerances, so any foreign objects introduced into the system will cause problems sooner or later.

 

lubeGuideEthanol fuel breaks down quicker than non-ethanol blends too. When it does, it loses octane and becomes stale. Stale fuel causes engine knocks and hard starts, which robs performance and could cause damage.

 

So what are the best ways to avoid all these ethanol-related headaches? The sure-fire way is to never introduce it into the boat’s fuel system. More and more marinas and gas stations are offering non-ethanol gasoline, and the few extra pennies per gallon it costs are well worth the potential problems—and associated repair bills—it will prevent. 

 

If you have no other option than using E-10 blends, buy it from a source with a high turnover, so it’s fresh with the highest octane levels. If your boat wasn’t rigged with a 10-micron fuel/water separating filter when you bought it, install one right away. That’s the best defense against excessive water levels. Make sure it is installed between the fuel tank and outboard so that it traps water molecules and any debris or impurities. Change the filter at least once a season or more often if the boat is used regularly. When you do replace one, first apply a thin layer of clean engine oil to the rubber seal. It’ll seat better and come off easier if you do. Next, carefully fill the filter three-quarters full of fresh, stabilized gasoline before you spin it on the canister. That step makes it easier to prime the fuel system.

 

The last line of defense against ethanol problems is to add a fuel stabilizer and conditioner to every tank. This will help improve performance even if you’re using non-ethanol gas. Make sure the caremaint-yamalube-lube-2stabilizer is a made for marine engines and has a non-alcohol formula. You can get products like Yamalube Fuel Stabilizer & Conditioner PLUS and Ring Free PLUS from your dealer or marine supplier. Add them to the tank before filling up so they mix well and protect your engine they way they were designed.

 

Finally, bear in mind that no additive will improve bad gas. They won’t make it fresh again, remove water or cure ethanol-related problems. At that point, you’re going to need professional help. So to keep your outboard running smooth and strong switch to a corn-free, or at least a corn-lite, diet. And make sure your boat gets plenty of exercises.

 

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Original Source:  Sportsmans Lifestyle.com

Tow-manship and safety for skiers, wakeboarders

 

Tow-manship and safety for skiers, wakeboarders

by: Craig Lamb

You are enjoying a laid-back day of boating away from the stress, drama and trauma of the rat race back on the streets of the big city. Ahead is a boat adrift. Hands wave, and it’s obvious the other boat needs help. You can look the other way or go help.

 

What to do? The right thing to do is be a Good Samaritan. Be a smart boater first. You’ll end the day on a feel-good note while enjoying your favorite leisure activity.

 

pullinBoats might float and drift with ease, but they are still heavy. Adding to the weight is the wind and waves that create opposing forces. Summed up towing a boat can be a chore unless you practice common sense.

 

Practice these common sense-safe towing guidelines:.

 

A common rule of thumb is a towline should be from eight to 10 boat lengths. A towline is specifically designed for towing. Using a towline and not a dock line or ski rope is a wise choice.

 

Three-strand nylon—like what is used for a ski rope—should never be used. Multi-braided nylon stretches excessively and breaks unexpectedly.   

Double-braided nylon is a better choice. The best of all is anchor line, which should already be aboard. Anchor line is strong and likely has at least the minimum length suggested for towing.

 

Steering is of utmost importance. You are in command of your boat and the disabled vessel. That means double the work. The best way to maintain control is rigging a towing bridle to spread the imagesload to both sides of the boat. The bridle should be at least twice your beam width. Keep it positioned as low to the water as possible for better boat control. Adjust the tow-line length, so your boat and the tow are in sync with the waves, if applicable. 

 

Towing a skier or wakeboarder comes with similar responsibilities. Like the tow, you are in command of the safety and direction of someone else.

 

Watersports typically mean a (legal) boatload of passengers getting in on the fun. To have that and be safe requires at least three people. Those are the driver, the spotter, and the skier. The spotter and skier should know the basic hand signals used universally in watersports.

 

Those are thumbs up for go faster and thumbs down for slow down. The classic ok gesture of the thumb and forefinger mean speed is just right. When the skier goes down both arms raised, and hands clasped mean all ok. The cutting motion of a hand across the neck means stop the engine.  In some States the spotter is require to have a flag, check the laws for your state.  

 

Always use a tow-rope designed for skiing or wakeboarding. As for length, beginners start at 15 feet, but you can go longer. Keep the speed just fast enough, so the skier is able to stay up and in control.

 

Keep the engine off until the skier is well away from the transom. A verbal exchange of “Clear?” and return affirmation are a must. Start the engine and idle away until the rope is tight. Another exchange of start commands gives you the go ahead to gently push the throttle forward. When the skier is on plane, gently throttle back to the desired speed.

 

When the fun is over the term used to safely end the set is “dropping a skier.” Signal the skier out to the driver’s side of the boat. Make a gentle left turn to pull the skier wide. Cut back to the right and reduce throttle to idle. If done smoothly and gently the skier will sink next to the boat.

 

Common sense. Put that ahead of trying to be a hero and getting in a hurry when towing a boat. Use the same logic when towing another person on skies or wakeboard. Remember, their lives are in your capable hands.

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Water Skiing Going to the Dogs

 

Water Skiing Going to the Dogs

by Ted Lund

 

Boating and water skiing have officially gone to the dogs, thanks to a Chicago-based pooch that has a love for both.

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Duma, the nine-year-old Jack Russell terrier, got her love of  boats and the water from her owner, Cliff Bode. Her obsession will be highlighted on Extreme Edition: America’s Got Talent, June 16th at 8pm.

So how does a dog learn to drive boats and water ski?

When she was a puppy, she’d go on boat rides on Lake Michigan with Bode.

“I let her drive a couple of times, and eventually she decided that was the place for her,” says Bode. “Now, even if somebody else is driving, she’ll try to take over.”

Bode says that water skiing actually was a secondary boating activity for her.

“She got so much attention for driving, we started thinking what else could she do on the water?” says Bode. “She stands there with a really good grip.”

In addition to her television appearance, Duma has a busy schedule attending boat shows around North America, where she struts her stuff, and has appeared in multiple publications, including a recent issue of National Geographic for Kids.

But the seafaring pooch isn’t just an innovator in the sports field; Duma also shows off her environmental prowess byduma low res 462m employing the help of green outboard power in the form of Torqeedo electric motors.

Torqeedo is the world leader in electric marine propulsion solutions from 1 to 80 hp. Torqeedo’s engines deliver the best overall efficiency in their class, converting battery power into propulsion better than other drive systems — rewarding boaters with longer, more powerful performance.

Duma’s outboard of choice is the Torqeedo Cruise 4.0. The motor — the equivalent of an 8-hp gasoline-powered outboard – has been improved to meet the demanding challenges of everyday commercial use; making it ready to take on the harshest environmental conditions. The Cruise 4.0 is capable of powering dinghies and sailboats up to 4 tons. The company also has a number of solar charging options.

For more information on Duma the Water Skiing Dog, follow her on Facebook. To learn more about Torqeedo’s innovative line of green boating power solutions, visit www.torqeedo.com or follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

 

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