Well, I got out on Lake Mead for my inaugural ski. Even tho the previous seller had started it up in his garage, he had indicated the battery might be weak. I googled a bunch of youtube vids on launching your pwc by yourself..looks simples enough but then you get sucked into watching those boat launch fails and you think the worst.
A little surprise at the NPS gate...even tho I have my parks pass, I guess you also have to pay $50 just to put a boat into Lake Mead. Rookie surprise. I suspect I will have to pay for separate stickers to access Lake Powell and Lake Tahoe. I am already aware of Tahoe.
We had some wind and overcast yesterday but the forecast was perfect today. I had a long sleeve shirt on just in case the wind picked up.
I have kayaked out of Boulder Beach a bunch of times but never paddled over to Hoover Dam. So, that was first on my list today. Nice quick trip that I can take friends visiting in town.
For me, this was not really about having a speed machine but giving me access to areas. So, I only did about 35 miles on the ski today but here were a couple of interesting areas. BUT, I know in just Lake Mead, there are a gillion of these.
The water is clear enough and certainly in the shallow areas where you know where to kill the engine or not. Many of these little beaches have quick drop offs so no problem.
So stoked that this used machine is exactly what the seller said. 20 hours on it, runs great and in great shape. Nice and stable ski. Most of the time I was just cruising at 35-45mph as the water is still a hair chilly but I did get it up to 58mph in a glassy area and there was still a chunk of throttle in it. I can hardly wait to tow some friends on a raft. LOL