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[red]OK, you have probably all tried crossing water with your snowmobile. That is fun untill you prove your theory wrong and see that it can't float and the water is over your winshield. That isn't fun. Who here has done this?[/red]


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The farthest that I have ever gone is about 25 feet, measured by my cousin P.T., but it wasn't far enough to qualify as water skippin', I don't think. How far have you guys gone before sinkin'? or did you?

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By the way, that 25 feet is on some thin ice (which I broke through), not my total travelled feet all winter...ha ha

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I personally have never sunk a machine, but I've seen it happen. And it's intense. Sucks for whoever's machine went down though.

I have gone about 75 feet on water, including going around a corner. That's fun.

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ya i've done maybe 80 feet on a 340 even.. but it was shallow water (foot and a half) i have never sunk when trying to cross water but one time my brother tried crossing a big long puddle on our field maybe 150 feet and he didnt have quite enoguh snow to ge tenough speed to make it but he tried and made it half way and sank in like 2 fee of water and we had to drag i out with 4 wheeler.. it was fun
 

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That's intense tank


too bad I missed that.

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I have never had the pleasure of personaly sinking a snowmobile but I have seen my friends sink. Not a good site when the water is 30 degress and 4 feet deep. He jumped off, the water hit the belt, the engine reved like heck and then blub, blub, blub...... I kida felt sorry for the machine. But since it is a Polaris
we got it home, draind the water out of the crank, cleaned the carbs and she started right up.

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I raced watercross for 12 years. The furthest I ever went was about 10 miles. I have sunk my water sled many times. I have replaced many crank bearings and rods. I retired from racing Water cross back in 92 now I just race in the winter speed runs and drags Riley

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The only time I water-cross is exiting the lake to the beach at the end of the season and then it may be 20' to the beach. We build 2x6 ramps to get on the Ice. Don't like the thought of not quite bumping up onto the ice eew what a mess that could be.

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I was watching a home video of people racing around an island on a small river. They were not only running laps, but they were going off about a 5-6 foot high jump ramp in the middle, landing in the water, and continuing on. Three or four dumped it, but they had floats on ropes attached to come up. It was a crazy video. I cant believe what people will do on a sled!

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Screw that, man!You won't see my sled on the water.I spet too much $ to risk sending my baby to a watery grave.I don't even like to cross frozen ponds and rivers unless it's been REALLY cold for a really long time.However, I must say, that open water riding does look really fun.Why don't one of you guys let me try it on your machine?
 

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I was in the UP of MI a couple of years ago with a couple of friends. There were some younger guys (early 20s) up there running the open area of Big Manistique Lake. They tried to get me to do it on my old El Tigre, NO WAY! It may be an old sled but it was all I had at the time. Talk about a way to ruin a sledding trip, I'll keep the powdery stuff under my skiis
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i've done it a couple times in the winter. one night i hit some coming across a lake, i didn't see it in time to stop but it was only like 25 feet long or so. the next day i went out and purposely went over about a 100' stretch of open water...that was sweet. i can't wait till i can do it again this winter.

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i gotta agree with steve. I like having my sled ontop of the ice. I would if I wasn't on my machine, it was warmer and the water wasn't more than a few feet deep. After trying it, then maybe on my sled, maybe.
 

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Nope not for me, I would cross the creek behind our house but i wouldn't drive on the water. Too much mponey invested.

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i used to have a 1976 merc trail twister 440 sno pro years ago and behind my parents house was a huge feild that would fill up with water about the length of a foot ball feild and i used to skip it every year sank a few sleds in about 7 feet of water but i managed to make it across a bunch of times it is extremley fun to skip water that far but a syudded trach dont work well on water i found that out the hard way


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me and my brother went out yesterday and tried it on about a 100' shot in the ditch, foot deep. the look on the faces of the people driving by was PRICELESS!! it really isn't hard at all. it's really easy to just one hand it the whole way, stand up, so whatever, i felt really stable. i only had to hit it at 20 or so, but the going got slow near the end, so usually i took it about twice that speed. one of us would cross to make a wake the short way, then the other could really bunny hop. we got the skiis coming off the water about a foot to foot and a half. turning was pretty easy too, too bad it wasn't wide enough to take laps. the learning process of where to lean and stand when turning is pretty quick and straightforward, one wrong thing and you get 'refreshed' pretty quick, so i mastered the turn pretty well. all in all, it was definately worth it. now i'm looking for a longer, deeper lake to try it out on.

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I know a kid my age that got a XC 600 Edge a couple years ago. A lot of people ride on a canal in the area once it freezes over, and theres some steel tube culverts, I think they are 8'. So anyways, this kid decides he's gonna "shoot the tube" as they call it around here. He gets going pretty fast across the ice, goes into the culvert about halfway and sinks it. That's what I call stupidity. He sunk the sled, got a ticket from the DNR, and not to mention the sled was 2 weeks old. His dad's got money and this kid didn't want to wait for the seat to dry out so he had his dad buy him a new one. My point is that this kid is incredibly stupid and has too much money.
 
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