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Old 07 May 2017, 15:29   #1
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How much can a jet ski tow?

Quite a lot actually!!

Went out for a play on the Solent today but left the rib at home, myself on my ski ( RXT 300hp ) and my mate in his fletcher speed boat. Around mid afternoon on a whim we decided to pop into colwell bay and have a brew. 5 minutes after anchoring the fletcher we watched a large yacht raise its anchor and the drift back towards a substantial Motor boat, the yachts stern got quite (very) close to the MB and then went ahead to clear the boat, all well and good except all the yacht managed to do was wrap the MBs anchor chain around its prop and winch the two boats together! Doh!!
Lots of panicked shouting and the two immobilised boats now started drifting with the tide towards other anchored craft.
I said to my mate shall we go and see if they need a hand, we both hopped on the ski and went out to the craft, when we got there the yachts crew were flapping, they were 30 seconds away from crashing into another large anchored motor boat ( the yacht had no means of making headway and the MB that was attached to them had no crew - I'm guessing at this stage they were in 'the hut' restaurant having a beer! ).

Not good!

We shouted for a line and one the the yachts crew fixed a bow line and threw us the end, we quickly tied on and and took up the stain, fortunately we just managed to drag the two boats clear of next anchored MB, it was bloody close!
We then held the yacht/MB at station against the tide and wind for about 15mins, then the tide started picking up and we knew we would soon struggle to continue to hold the two craft - immediately behind us Colwell is shallow, too shallow for the larger boats. I then spotted a large fairline leaving the bay and managed to raise him on 16 to help with the tow - which he kindly did ( thank you ).

To cut a long story short, 1 and a half hours, lost/cut anchors, snapped tow lines ( don't they go with a bang! lol ), a poorly yacht and two lifeboats ( one inshore and a Severn class ).

Other than that a quiet afternoon
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Old 07 May 2017, 16:41   #2
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Hi Lee. Did it manoeuvre it with relative ease?
Ive got a 17 FX Ho , would be good to know
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Old 07 May 2017, 17:26   #3
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Hi Lee. Did it manoeuvre it with relative ease?
Ive got a 17 FX Ho , would be good to know
No, anything but easy! We struggled, the large fairline struggled, the inshore lifeboat wasn't any better and they called the Severn class to help lol. Least when we first got there we saved further boats getting dragged into the situation and more gel coat damage! Wasn't my first choice of craft to tow that any tonnes but beggars can't be choosers

Isle of Wight: RNLI lifeboat called to help tangled yachts

How you getting on with the Yam? I saw 76mph on the GPS this afternoon, not bad for a stock ski
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No, anything but easy! We struggled, the large fairline struggled, the inshore lifeboat wasn't any better and they called the Severn class to help lol. Least when we first got there we saved further boats getting dragged into the situation and more gel coat damage! Wasn't my first choice of craft to tow that any tonnes but beggars can't be choosers

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How you getting on with the Yam? I saw 76mph on the GPS this afternoon, not bad for a stock ski
Must have been a lumpy yacht. had a 12 model before which was 65mph, haven't had the pleasure of this one yet as still sat in its box, this weekend for running it it
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Must have been a lumpy yacht. had a 12 model before which was 65mph, haven't had the pleasure of this one yet as still sat in its box, this weekend for running it it
First few hours of the running in period always seem to take a lifetime - once they're out of the way have fun
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Fair play I wouldn't fancy trying that....

Also glad I'm not the only ASBO on here FX SHO
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HDav ha ha . Where you normally go playing?
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Bristol Channel launch from porthcawl

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what sort of mileage can you get out of the SHO ?Beachley head. Teignmouth, hope to get out Saturday from Poole poss
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60 miles (round trip) and I am thinking "who can tow me back" fx ho 1800 guys done nearly 90 and wasn't on low alarm...... it's a mixture of older ski and supercharged motor the vxr is almost as quick (is as quick as mine) and burns 30% less fuel the SVHO also burns less fuel cruising.... go figure!

Need a new prop I think but £300 buys a lot of super........
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