Had a great start on launching my new XS-550 for the first time.
We arrived at Mission Bay San Diego on a hot sunny day with perfect conditions. We were told to keep the engine under 3000RPM for the majority of the time, so had a gentle cruise around just to break her in.
We all thoroughly enjoyed the boat and my wife even took the helm for the first time ever!
So after a great day we headed for home and that's when the trouble started.
On arriving home , we found the Nissan Xterra wouldn't reverse the boat back into the drive (we live on an extremely steep hill) So I opted to drive into the garage with the intention of unhooking the trailer and spinning it around to park alongside the house like we used to do with our SIB
.(Bad choice!!!) The extra length and weight of this boat caused the trailer to start to roll and was heading off down the hill. The only course of action I had was to swing the tongue around and turn it into the bank to stop it.
It stopped it alright; ripping of the skeg completely in the process!!
The only consalation I had was if not for this it would have ended up down the hill and into the neighbours house!
Luckily no one was injured apart from my pride (and the gouge marks in my Bum where I slid trying to stop it. )
So a mixture of emotions today and I'm sure more to come on Monday when I revisit the Suzuki dealers!!!
For now heres some photos of the "good "part of the day.
I will post the bad part later when I can handle the embarrasement better,