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I was in another thread the subject of jet skis popped up and got me thinking. I have rented a couple pairs over the years and have friends that own them; but in all reality I wish they would ride somewhere else. Jetting in and out of the wakes of boaters and making ridiculously close turns without paying any attention. Opinions??
 

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Kinda reminds me of the behavior of some owners of big high
performance boats I've seen.

And I own both the big boat and jet skis.

Pesky Varmint
 

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I would concur that there are definately some big boaters out there where the drivers should be BENCHED. I was on the water
with the owner of Black Thunder Powerboats several years ago and (8) 48' powerboats BLAZED a wide trail by everyone in their
path at a Lake of the Ozarks poker run.

Pontoon boats, deck boats and others were terrified as we drove by. We all need to pay more attention and follow the rules.
 

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I was in another thread the subject of jet skis popped up and got me thinking. I have rented a couple pairs over the years and have friends that own them; but in all reality I wish they would ride somewhere else. Jetting in and out of the wakes of boaters and making ridiculously close turns without paying any attention. Opinions??
They scare the shit out of me..

I can't tell you how many of them I've come up behind, and had to just lay back until they realized I was there for fear I would run over one. 2 girls on PWC's on saturday about 1/2 mile out from crazy horse, I'm trying to go around the island, one of them damn near ran into the side of me.. it's not like there wasn't plenty of room, but they just don't seem to look around.. I don't get it. Makes me nervous as hell.

Designating certain areas for PWC's would make it safer for everyone..IMO.
 

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I own a pair of the skis and when we go out we treat them like boats. We drive them like we drive our boats. I have found people that own boats are not usually a problem on skis but people who dont and have no experience on the water are a huge danger out there. We have almost been hit a a few times by people crossing in front of us or trying to jump our waves. We still call them lake lice lol
 

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my wife and i own them both. my parents use them to go out and escape the havasu drama. besides that i guess the only benefit for jet skiers is that they have to use two hands when out on the lake. the big $100,000 boaters can be doin a 100 mph around site six bend with a beer in hand. at least the jet skiers know when to get off the lake. nothin like a $100,000 boat coming in to site six at ten at night and being pissed drunk and can't even load there boat onto the trailer.
 

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Ive seen plenty of idiots on boats and jet skis; it just comes with the territory of this sport. i dont think anyone over 75 years old should operate anything except a motorized wheel chair, but that isn't going to happen. ive had many more experiences with near head-on collisions with old people driving a car than jet skiers.
 

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I was in another thread the subject of jet skis popped up and got me thinking. I have rented a couple pairs over the years and have friends that own them; but in all reality I wish they would ride somewhere else. Jetting in and out of the wakes of boaters and making ridiculously close turns without paying any attention. Opinions??
I have 3 I ride them after work on the week days and early sunday morning it used to work out pretty good I could be off the water by 10:00 on sunday moring no one would be on the lake yet because they didn't sell alcohol.I have a great time on mine but I don't want to be out there with the boats Ill use my boat then
 

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They don't really bother me much. But then again Shasta probably doesn't have near the numbers as Havi or other places?

I am constantly looking around at all times though. Boats and PWC are all the same to me.
The wake jumping I really don't have to deal with, once I am past them they can't really keep up.
(I know, there are SOME that can, but overall they just disappear behind me)
 

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There are idiots- and good guys- in every walk of life....well, except politicians & lawyers...:p

The problem with jetskis is A) they are usually young and haven't owned a boat before, so don't know the rules & regs, and B) there are a lot of rentals......Jetskis- like jetboats- handle amazingly well.....IF you know what you're doing.....I recommend to anyone getting either a Jetski or jetboat for the first time, go out in the middle of a lake on a week day when noone is around, and experiment and practice....even better if you have a friend to help you learn.....The guys who get themselves in trouble the most are the, "I know what I'm doin', I got it!" types....relax and LEARN.
 

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I don't like dumb people in boats or on p.w.'s They don't bother me much but I am very careful around them. It goes back to this, you never go faster than the conditions allow.
 

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I don't have a problem with PWC per say I just have a problem with the inexperienced people that are riding them. Hell I was up at big bend on the river friday with some friends with some nice waverunners and rode around but I do ride it like I drive my boat always looking ahead and behind me before I do something. Its too shallow for my taste up there to take my boat up there so it was nice to be on the ski's for the day. Most of these idiots have never owned a boat or are renting them and have no idea how the rules of the water ways work. And that is what makes most of them complete F-TARDS that are gonna get themselves killed because they think they can just ride all over the place and other people should make way for them.:|err
 

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We have owned our Ski's for seven years. Ride for safety first which is what we taught our children (young adults) If you are not looking and paying attention, you will lose as Boats are bigger. We started riding during mid-week week. No one has ever had an incident. The large Boats go by too close to the Ski's. We do not go out on the major Holidays. Everyone that has ridden a Jet Ski once thinks they are an expert. Pulled two Nephews off within 30 minutes one time. Our SeaDoo 4Tec's are Super Charged and run with most Boats.

We just bought our first Boat today. So I very well could view it from another perspective. One time we watched a Father, drunk by Noon, punch his Kid and jump into his Boat for a ride... We stay away from the Casino's and the Avi. Launch from Jack Smith in Needles and run to Havasu\Crazy Horse or the Park for lunch and back. I look forward to riding the Ski's one day and the Boat the next. Sound like a perfect world! Being on the Water is a thrill every time out. The Plan is to get back in one piece. :)hand
 

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I am Pro PWC it is all up to the operator !!!. We had a crew of go fast boats cut thru the Body Beach course recently while we were turning laps .Nearly ran 2 of us down , I only realised today one is a PB memeber !!!!!!!!!!!
 

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Of course there's nothing wrong with hot rod stand ups!:)devil
I still have mine. It takes a certain skill to ride one. A sit down, not so much. ;)
 

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I have had way too many bad experiences in my life to have anything but bad feelings for lake lice. Been hit while moving, parked on the beach and on the trailer. Not to mention the time when a jet ski nailed all of our camping gear on the beach and ruined alot of it. All this in a short 27 years. Jet Skis plain suck.
 
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