3 New Ways to Live the #SeaDooLife in 2020

    A new year means new opportunities to experience everything the Sea-Doo Life has to offer in a whole new way. Whether it’s a family vacation, a couples’ getaway or a beachside BBQ, it’s all part of what makes the Sea-Doo Life the best way to experience life on the water. Here are a few of our favorite ideas for adding a new twist on your Sea-Doo Life in 2020.

    CATCH - CLEAN - COOK

     

    Episode 1: Living the Sea-Doo Life touches all the senses – even your taste buds!

     

    We hit the warm waters of the Florida Keys with fishing guide Nathan Weinbaum aboard the Sea-Doo FISH PRO with dinner on our minds. As anyone who’s been fishing knows, some days don’t always go as planned. With a little persistence and just enough luck, a bad day fishing can turn into a good meal quick. Especially with this recipe for amazing ceviche made with Mutton Snapper caught earlier in the day.

     

     

     

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    Episode 2: This is what fish must taste like on Mars

     

    Lake Powell has often been described as what boating on Mars would be like. The massive rock formations of varying shapes and the vast vistas with no vegetation in sight offer a boating experience unlike anywhere in the world. Bob Reed is a life-long outdoorsmen and has a deep love of Powell. Reed saw an opportunity to share his passion for the lake with others by exploring it in the most engaging and personal way possible, on Sea-Doo FISH PRO watercraft. With this, he started Up Lake Adventures, the only licensed watercraft fishing and photo charter guide service on Lake Powell..

    We joined Bob and his fleet of FISH PRO watercraft on a chilly day in November at the massive launch ramp near Page, AZ.  He talked of the weather forecast and shared his plan for the day, discussing the baits we would use, the coves we would explore, and the recipe for cooking fresh fish. What we would see and experience during this edition of Sea-Doo Catch, Clean, Cook can only be described as Epic...and epically delicious. First bite...delicious, there is nothing like eating your catch on the same day it was caught.

     

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    How David Pike lives his Sea-Doo Life in NYC

    David Pike lived the normal ‘city’ commute for years. He was one of the 7+ million New York metro area residents that commute everyday via trains, subways, busses, cabs, and ferries to get to work. Everyday he would navigate a labyrinth of different forms of transportation for 90 minutes (each way) to get from his family home in Jersey City to his job in Brooklyn. He realized he was loosing three hours of his life simply commuting everyday.

    During an extra long commute home, Pike pulled up a map on his phone thinking there had to be a more direct way.  David sees things a bit different than most and saw the most direct path as an opportunity. The most direct path was across the Hudson River. The metaphorical light bulb lit up. A Sea-Doo. A Sea-Doo could make his daily life so much better.

    Pike’s job is ironically transportation focused as the owner of the New York Trolley Company based in Brooklyn. His trolley company specializes in unique, special event transportation experiences around New York.  His vision includes a more romantic way to experience the ‘city.’ Away from all the normal hustle and bustle and droning of the thousands of everyday forms of city transportation, his trolley company provides a, “special and unforgettable” manner to experience the city.

    Last Spring Pike purchased an early model watercraft and secured a floating dock at his private condo marina. He began commuting to Brooklyn via water with his door-to-door commute cut to a mere 20 minutes.  And this 20-minute commute is glorious. He passes the Statue of Liberty everyday as the skyline of Manhattan provides the backdrop before passing Governor’s Island and arriving at a private dock in Brooklyn.   


    Word got out about Pike’s daily commute as tour boats, ferries, and cruise ships were seeing him travel back-and-forth across the harbor, always smiling and he went viral. As David upgraded to a new Sea-Doo GTI SE and the likes of ABC News,The New York Post Inside Edition the Wallstreet Journal and CNBC and many more have been fascinated by Pike’s Sea-Doo Life. “I never choose to commute by Sea-Doo for the notoriety,” said Pike. “I simply found a better way to commute that gave me more life.”

    We caught up with David on his last crossing of the year on a cold, rainy day in late October. “It’s sad I have to go back to the normal commute,” admitted Pike. “Even on a rainy day like this it’s better to be on a Sea-Doo than an hour and a half on trains and busses. Now it sadly time to winterize my Sea-Doo and make sure its ready for next summer.”

     

    Thanks for sharing your Sea-Doo Life David. Perhaps we will see you at the Sea-Doo experience at the New York Boat Show January 22-26.

    WINTERIZING YOUR SEA-DOO WATERCRAFT

     

    No one likes to admit this time of the season is actually here, but if you’re an inhabitant of the northern climates the time has come to think about storing your Sea-Doo for the winter. A few simple, yet critical, winterization steps will have you ready to live the Sea-Doo Life full throttle when the waters warm again next spring.

    Even if you are fortunate enough to live in warm weather climates year-round, these tips are just as useful for long-term storage of your Sea-Doo watercraft to ensure you get the most out of every ride.

    Winterizing your watercraft is imperative to ensuring your Sea-Doo performs up to its capabilities each season. Failure to perform the proper preventative maintenance for long-term storage – wherever you’re storing your Sea-Doo – can have costly consequences. Gummed-up fuel systems, battery failure and damage to vital internal parts are just a few of the things that can go wrong if proper care is not taken. If you’re in an area where temps dip below freezing, complete winterization is a must!

    Many individuals can perform the following winterization steps from the comfort of their own garage with a few simple tools. However, if you have any questions or are uncomfortable performing any of the following tasks, don’t hesitate to reach out to your local authorized Sea-Doo dealer for advice or assistance. Even if you consider yourself the handyman or handywoman on the block, consulting with your Sea-Doo dealer is the best way to stay up to date on the latest recommended products, procedures and technical updates for your watercraft.

    The following steps should be performed in the order outlined here. It’s the same order you’ll find in your 2019 Sea-Doo Owner’s Manual.

    Clean jet pump: A quick visual inspection of the jet pump intake and outlet is all that’s needed here. Make sure there are no cracks or other visible signs of excessive wear. If there are, talk to your
    Sea-Doo dealer about replacement. Spraying water on both can help remove any debris that may remain from your last ride. Applying a coat of XPS Anti-Corrosive Lubricant to each area is a good idea for long-term storage.

    Inspect jet pump: A jet pump that’s been contaminated with water can mean other problems are present and a trip to your Sea-Doo dealer may be in order. To inspect the jet pump, remove the impeller cover to verify no water has collected.

    Stabilize the fuel system: Adding XPS fuel stabilizer (or equivalent) will ensure your fuel, and fuel system remain in good condition over the course of long-term storage. It prevents build up within the entire fuel delivery system. Add stabilizer per the instructions on the container. Fill fuel tank completely with fresh fuel. This is also the perfect time to check over the fuel delivery system for leaks. If you see or smell fuel, consult your local Sea-Doo dealer.

    Replace engine oil and filter: This maintenance ritual should be performed annually and since you’re already in watercraft maintenance mode, this is the perfect time to do it so you’re ready to ride right away next season. An XPS Oil Change Kit has everything you need right in one box, making it easy to pick up at your local BRP dealer and get the job done.

    Flush and drain exhaust system: It’s important to get any contaminants out of your

    Sea-Doo exhaust system, especially if you typically ride in a saltwater environment (then flushing is strongly recommended after every ride).

    To flush the exhaust system, hook a garden hose up to the connector located at the rear (port side of the stern) of the watercraft. DO NOT OPEN WATER TAP YET! Start the Sea-Doo engine and then immediately open the water tap. Run the engine for 90 seconds at idle and ensure water flows out of the pump while flushing. Next, shut the water off and continue to run the engine at 5000 RPM for 5 seconds, then shut the engine down.

    Drying out the exhaust system is especially critical in cold weather areas. Freezing water in the exhaust system can cause extensive damage to the exhaust manifold. In order to complete drain the system, blow compressed air at 55 PSI (379 kPa) into the flushing connector the hose was attached to until no water flows out of the jet pump. This will ensure all water has been removed from the watercraft’s exhaust system.

    Internal Engine Lubrication (Fogging): Here’s where things vary a bit depending on your model. For SPARK owners, you’ll need to remove the central body in order to access the engine. It’s a few bolts and the process is outlined in your owner’s manual. For other models, the engine can be accessed by removing the seat.

    Once you have access to the engine, remove the ignition coils and spark plugs. Spray XPS Anti-Corrosive Lubricant (or equivalent) into the spark plug holes.

    Next you’ll want to crank the engine. To do this, fully depress the throttle lever and hold it against the handlebar. This will disable fuel delivery and ignition during engine cranking. While you hold the throttle, press the start/stop button to crank the engine a few times. This will help distribute the anti-corrosive lubricant to the cylinder walls.

    Finally, apply a small amount of XPS Anti-Corrosive Lubricant to your spark plug threads and reinstall them and the ignition coils.

    You’ll find the procedures for internal engine lubrication outlined in your owner’s manual. If you have any questions or concerns, do not hesitate to consult your local Sea-Doo dealer.

    Battery Care: As you prepare your Sea-Doo watercraft for hibernation, pay special attention to your battery. Your battery is where it all starts (or doesn’t start) and batteries can and do lose their ability to maintain a charge over time and proper battery storage is essential.

    Your watercraft battery should be removed from your watercraft to ensure no draw of any kind is made on the battery during months of non-use. To keep your battery fresh and healthy we suggest a Battery Charger/Maintainer be attached to the battery to maintain a full charge. Ensure the battery is place on a secure surface in an open-air location away from any flammable substances.  If the battery is not showing a full charge after a day or two on the charger, ensure all connections are solid and if the battery still does not charge, it is time to replace the battery with a new Yuasa battery. Please see your local dealer about purchasing a new Yuasa battery for your Sea-Doo watercraft.

    Hull and Body Cleaning: With all the mechanical maintenance complete, it’s time to give your Sea-Doo a good scrubbing to make sure it’s looking pristine when you take it out for your first ride next season. Depending on your Sea-Doo model, you’ll want to use the appropriate XPS cleaning products (or equivalent) to wash your watercraft. XPS products are specially engineered to remove grime and water stains from your Sea-Doo. Take care to remove any marine organisms as well. This is the perfect time to inspect the body and hull for any damage that might need repair. Your Sea-Doo dealer can assist with any necessary hull or body repair.

     

    You’re now ready to store your Sea-Doo. If you plan on storing your watercraft outside, cover it with an opaque, breathable tarp or Sea-Doo cover. This will protect your Sea-Doo from damaging sun rays and keep it dust and grime free for next season. Do not wrap your Sea-Doo in plastic or other non-breathable material as it may cause mold in certain areas of the watercraft.

    No one likes the thought of tucking their Sea-Doo away for the season but following the above steps will have you ready to hit the water ASAP next season!

    Nick Taylor: Sea-Doo Brand Ambassador

     

    It’s all about the freedom of the water, and Sea-Doo ambassador Nick Taylor knows exactly how to find it. The Anna Maria Island, Fla., native took his wakeskate talents and love for the Sea-Doo Life to Honokowai, Hawaii, where he currently explores one of Earth’s most inspiring playgrounds.

    When he’s not enjoying one of the many blue-water lagoons with his buddies and his Sea-Doo WAKE, he’s taking in the islands from above as he works towards his helicopter pilot license. But it’s on the water where 29-year-old Taylor is at his happiest. Whether it’s in the surf, sand or on his board, his passion for the Sea-Doo Life is hard to miss!

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