DOCTOR DOO – GOING INTO THE SEA-DOO SEASON FULLY CHARGED

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Sea-Doo fully chargedThe 2015 boating season is fast approaching and Sea-Doo owners are preparing for a full summer of family fun on the water. As you are taking your beloved Sea-Doo watercraft or boat out of hibernation there are some technical aspects that Father time may have had his way with over the past few dormant months. 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. But, there is another crucial component that can also lose its charge, your mandatory fire extinguisher.

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The beginning of the season is the time to check both of these essential items as both your Sea-Doo watercraft battery and fire extinguisher can lose their charge over the winter months of inactivity. Regardless of age, your battery should be given a full charge as step one in pre-season prep.  Be sure to remove the battery from the PWC to avoid gas fumes and possible fire, and set it on a cleared work bench. Connect a battery charger to the battery and let charge over night (please refer to owners manual for exact charging procedures).  Most modern battery chargers include “fully charged” indicator and this indicator should inform you if the battery is accepting the charge  – meaning the battery is still good – or not. If the battery is not accepting the charge or holding the charge and shows signs of being weak after a 6+ hour charge, it is time to replace it with a new Sea-Doo specific battery from an authorized BRP/Sea-Doo dealership. Be sure to bring your old battery with you to your dealership so it can be properly and responsibly disposed of.

Every PWC, including Sea-Doo watercraft, must carry a fully charged fire extinguisher onboard at all times. This is for not only your safety but potentially the safety of others.

Sea-Doo Fire ExtinguisherBut you may ask, “why?” Why do I need a fire extinguisher on a watercraft when I am going to be surrounded by water? That is a fair question. The answer is you never know what can happen during a day of boating. If something were to happen where there was an open flame while you were riding you would be able to extinguish it. Having a fully charged fire extinguisher on board can also be very helpful when encountering another vessel with an open flame situation. The Coast Guard and local boating law enforcement agencies check fire extinguishers to ensure they are up to date and fully charged. The best rule of thumb is, if your fire extinguisher doesn’t have an actual pressure gauge, is to replace it every year.

Sea-Doo Safety KitAnd while we are discussing safety the Sea-Doo Safety Kit can also help you in, or out of, an unexpected situation. In case your friend didn’t replace his older battery, the kit includes a whistle that he can use to let you know he needs you to tow him back to shore with the buoyant 50′ nylon rope that is also included in the kit.  The Sea-Doo Safety Kit also includes a flashlight to help inspect the engine compartment and the container can be used as a bailer.

These three items should be first on your To Do list when preparing your Sea-Doo for the coming season and all three products can be purchased at an authorized BRP/Sea-Doo dealer. Check the Doctor Doo column of OnBoard for regular maintenance, service, and DIY tips to ensure you get the greatest reliability and most fun from your Sea-Doo watercraft.

 

 

Racing with the Sea-Doo X-TEAM – Paul Green

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NAME: Paul Green
AGE: 48 years old
PORT: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
FAMILY: Single

Where did you grow up and how was your competitive spirit developed?

Paul – Growing up in Toronto Canada, I spent my childhood summers on Georgian Bay enjoying various watersports and outdoor activities. My father got me into amateur boxing at a young age, which taught me how to be mentally strong and compete

What do you do away from the water to stay on the water? What’s your profession?

Paul – I currently own a private investigation business in Toronto, and I’m a Certified Fraud Examiner CFE.

Being self – employed and having a flexible work schedule, allows me to travel and pursue my racing career. The experience I’ve gained through running my own business, has helped me manage my racing career.

How were you introduced to watersports?

Paul – My first introduction into watersports was waterskiing at our cottage as a child. That would lead to working as a lifeguard and later teaching competitive swimming to youths. My first PWC was a Wet Jet 432 that handled like a tank!   

Since you began competing what are some of your accolades?

Paul – My first season competing on a runabout was 2014. I raced the CWA Watercross Tour in the newly formed Runabout Rec Lights Class. I was dominant in the class and won the overall title. I also won the Master Ski Stock overall title.

Picture 1What is it about the Sea-Doo SPARK that enticed you to race this new model?

Paul – Initially, I purchased the SPARK as a fun boat for the weekends. After spending sometime on the boat, I realized the boats potential as a viable race craft. I began working on the machine and started promoting it within the watercraft community. Not long after, SPARKs began showing up at the races and a new class was born.

What kind of support team do you have behind you and what does it entail?

Paul – I am lucky to have Riva Racing, Sea-Doo X-TEAM, and Solas as sponsors. I have been testing with Riva and assisting them in developing new performance products for the SPARK. My girlfriend, Rachel Thomas, has also been instrumental in my success on and off the water. No one wins titles by themselves.

Your accomplishments riding watercraft have opened the doors for other action opportunities. What “extra” perks have you enjoyed from being a pro racer?

Paul – I have traveled extensively with the sport and have enjoyed the experience greatly. This past summer, I had the opportunity to take up wake surfing thanks to my family which is a blast. I also try to attend as many Monster Energy Supercross races as I can each season. Getting the recognition as an X-Team member is a thrill.

Where is your favorite PWC race site?

Paul – I enjoy the Ocean race sites, particularly the Florida stops with the warm water and ever changing surf. Racing surf forces the rider to use all their skills in order to be successful. The Ocean levels out the playing field.

What is it about PWC racing that keeps you coming back?

Paul – I started racing PWC’s in the late 80’s and have enjoyed competing both as a privateer and as a factory backed rider in the 90’s. The thing that keeps me coming back to the sport is the constant innovations to the watercraft. I find the technology fuels my passion and I’m constantly being forced to learn new things. The clean burning 4 strokes of today are superior to the 2 stroke technologies of yesterday.

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Where is your favorite non-racing, riding location?

Paul – I really enjoy riding in South Florida and the Florida Keys. The natural beauty of the area can’t be beat. Surf riding at the Sebastian Inlet in Florida is always eventful too! Watching Dolphins and Sharks share the water as you ride is an awesome sight to see.

What is or has been YOUR favorite part of being part of the Sea-Doo X-TEAM

Paul – My favorite part of being on the Sea-Doo X-Team is being part of a professional group of racers who have similar focus and goals. The comradery and friendships formed are the best part of the team. The opportunity to showcase my riding skills with other high level athletes is great.

Picture 9What are you racing right now and what are looking forward to, and who is supporting your 2015 efforts?

Paul – I plan to ride a 2015 Sea-Doo SPARK and defend my CWA title in the Runabout Rec Lights class. I’m also exploring the possibility of racing a Sea-Doo RXP-X in the Pro Am Runabout Stock class. Riva Racing, Sea-Doo and Solas will be my key sponsors for 2015. I’m looking forward to continued success in 2015 aboard Sea-Doo watercraft!

BRP thanks Paul Green for his time and dedication to the pursuit of PWC racing glory aboard Sea-Doo. You can follow Paul; on his Facebook page, www.facebook.com/paul.green.10004

BRP LAUNCHES 2015 SEA-DOO RACE SUPPORT WITH 2015 SEA-DOO X-TEAM BOUNTY AND SUPPORT PROGRAMS

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bountyValcourt, QC, CANADA– February, 17, 2015 – BRP announces an unmatched level of race support in North America for those competing on modern Sea-Doo watercraft through the 2015 Sea-Doo X-TEAM Bounty racer contingency program and Sea-Doo X-TEAM event support program.

BRP has set the benchmark in watercraft runabout racing over the past 20-plus years, with an unprecedented run of Pro World Championships since the introduction of the Sea-Doo RXP-X 260 with Ergolock and T3 hull. The 2015 Sea-Doo X-TEAM Bounty program contributes more contingency money than any other program in the industry and makes it available to all Sea-Doo riders competing in the various disciplines of watercraft racing in North America. BRP also ensures there are more race events across North America through the Sea-Doo Promoter support program.

BRP’s Sea-Doo X-TEAM Bounty is open to ALL racers competing only on modern Sea-Doo models in designated classes. The Sea-Doo X-TEAM contingency is essentially an, “open-sponsorship”. In addition to the glory that comes with winning on Sea-Doo watercraft, comes the opportunity for extra prize money. The Sea-Doo events team will also present the Sea-Doo X-TEAM Pro Pit Lounge at various race events where friends and family of Sea-Doo racers can enjoy special BRP hospitality and a VIP experience.

The Sea-Doo X-TEAM Event Support program provides event promoters sponsorship to help them produce additional, high-quality, fun events. BRP works with promoters to ensure Sea-Doo performance enthusiasts have a place to ride and compete in an organized manner, providing another fun aspect of owning a Sea-Doo watercraft.

“BRP markets the best in performance watercraft with the Sea-Doo X models and supports those winning races on them with the strongest contingency program in the industry, the Sea-Doo X-TEAM Bounty,” says Tim McKercher, of Sea-Doo watercraft competition management. “BRP takes the lead in supporting the sport, ensuring watercraft owners have more,,good events to participate in. The Sea-Doo X-TEAM event support program helps promoters produce even more higher quality events.

BRP does more for the sport of watercraft racing than any other company. For 2015, Sea-Doo X-TEAM program support begins at the 11th annual Mark Hahn Memorial 300 endurance race taking place in Lake Havasu, Arizona February 28th.

The Sea-Doo Promoter Support program will include sponsorship of the following North American watercraft racing series:

IJSBA World FinalsLake Havasu City, AZ

P1 AquaX SeriesFlorida

Surf & Turf Tour – South-East United States

GreenHulk.net HydroDrags – South-East United States (Drag Racing)

Canadian Watercross Tour – Ontario, Canada

Mark Hahn Memorial 300 – Lake Havasu City, AZ (endurance)

Click for complete 2015 Sea-Doo X-TEAM Bounty details. 

Click for information on the Word Championship winning Sea-Doo watercraft performance models.

2015 Sea-Doo X-TEAM Bounty Program

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2015 SEA-DOO X-TEAM BOUNTY PAYOUT

Sea-Doo Watercraft Racer Contingency Program

Regular 2015 Season Program – Includes ALL IJSBA Sanctioned closed course races in the United States and Canada

Finish Position Amateur Rec Lites SPARK Runabout 1000 Superstock° Expert Runabout OPEN
1st $100.00 $100.00 $100.00
2nd $50.00 $50.00 $50.00
Finish Position Expert Runabout STOCK Pro-Am Runabout LIMITED
1st $100.00 $200.00
2nd $50.00 $100.00
Finish Position Pro-Am Runabout STOCK Pro-Am Runabout OPEN
1st $350.00 $350.00
2nd $200.00 $200.00

 

P1 AQUAX US

Finish Position 200 CLASS 250 CLASS 300 CLASS
1st $300.00 $500.00 $750.00
2nd $100.00 $200.00 $300.00
3rd $50.00 $100.00 $100.00
Championship Bonus $500.00 $1,000.00 $3,000.00

WATERCROSS TOUR

Finish Position Runabout <1000 cc Womens Runabout Pro-Am Runabout Superstock
1st $200.00 $200.00 $200.00
2nd $100.00 $100.00 $100.00
3rd $50.00 $50.00
Finish Position Pro-Am Runabout STOCK Pro-Am Runabout OPEN
1st $700.00 $700.00
2nd $300.00 $300.00
3rd $200.00 $200.00
Championship Bonus $3,000.00 $3,000.00

IJSBA World Championship in October, 2015

Finish Position Novice Runabout Stock Novice Runabout Limited Amateur Rec Lites & 1000 Superstock°
Champion $150.00 $150.00 $200.00
2nd $100.00
Finish Position Expert Runabout OPEN Expert Runabout Limited Pro Woman Runabout
Champion $260.00 $260.00 $1,000.00
2nd $150.00 $150.00 $400.00
3rd $260.00
Finish Position Pro Am Runabout LIMITED Pro-AM Runabout STOCK
Champion $1,000.00 $4,000.00
2nd $500.00 $1,000.00
3rd $260.00 $260.00
Finish Position Pro GP Runabout Pro Runabout OPEN
Champion $2,600.00 $5,000.00
2nd $500.00 $1,000.00
3rd $260.00 $500.00

HYDRODRAG SERIES (Drag Race)

Finish Position Hydro Stock Hydro Limited Hydro Superstock Hydro Unlimited
1st $200.00 $150.00 $200.00 $300.00

Offshore/Endurance Events – for Overall Finishing Position

Finish Position Mark Hahn Memorial 300 Long Beach 2 Catalina
1st $750.00 $500.00
2nd $250.00 $250.00

2015 SEA-DOO X-TEAM BOUNTY Eligibility Rules:

READ ALL APPLICABLE RULES BELOW TO QUALIFY

  1. To be eligible for the Sea-Doo X-TEAM Bounty contingency, racer must compete on an IJSBA eligible Sea-Doo watercraft in the specified class(es) described in the rules and contingency tables within the United States or Canada. Race events offering the Sea-Doo X-TEAM Bounty are all those in North America sanctioned by either the IJSBA.
  2. ONLY racers competing on 4-TEC or ACE engine powered Sea-Doo watercraft qualify.
  3. Racer must list “SEA-DOO” as the brand of watercraft raced and “SEA‑DOO X TEAM” as a sponsor on all entries.
  4. The SEA-DOO X-TEAM BOUNTY logo decal must be clearly visible and legible on watercraft forward of the handlebars and above the waterline. Sea-Doo LOGO decals must be clearly visible on both sides of the watercraft on the hull gunnel – minimum of two (2”) inch tall lettering. Sea-Doo Bounty logo decal supplied by promoter or write to info@look-marketing.com.
  5. Racer is eligible for as many contingency payments as earned during an event.
  6. *To be eligible for the Pro Watercross and AquaX Championship bonuses, racer must have competed solely on a Sea-Doo watercraft in scheduled runabout heats, LCQs, motos, etc. no matter the class while meeting all above criteria for every racing instance.
  7. Racer MUST compete against a MINIMUM OF FIVE (5) finalists in the class to qualify for contingency.
  8. HydroDrag contingency is available for drag racing event only – to be eligible for Unlimited Bounty the PWC must be a modern Sea-Doo configuration top deck and hull and utilize a Rotax 4-TEC engine.
  9. Contingency prizes will be paid for overall closed-course racing only. Slalom does not apply. In IJSBA World Finals contingency, only Overall Titles will be paid.
  10. For the 2015 race season, all claims must be sent in by the racer, within 10 days of the event, and postmarked no later than July 10, 2015 (for races taking place between February 21, 2015-July 5, 2015) September 11, 2015 (for races between July 11, 2015 – September 20, 2015) and October 19, 2015 (for the World Finals). Claims postmarked after these dates will not be honored.
  11. Contingency payments will be issued to racers from BRP only after the IJSBA and BRP have verified official results.
  12. All claims must be signed by an event or sanctioning body official, if not, payment will not be made. Racers have the responsibility to have the claim properly completed (providing all requested information) and mailed to the address above. Please allow 6-8 weeks for processing of checks after the July 10, 2015, September 20, 2015, and October 19, 2015 cut-off dates.
  13. Racer MUST provide a signed W-9 Tax form and supply images of the Sea-Doo watercraft raced WITH FIRST redemption submission, before any payments will be made by BRP.
  14. BRP reserves the right to reject a claim not properly or fraudulently filed and reserves the right to cancel this program at any time.
  15. BRP will NOT accept ANY responsibility for any DAMAGES or INJURIES, including DEATH that may occur during the above-described events.
  16. Racers grant BRP the unlimited rights to utilize their name, their photograph, their person, and their performance in advertising and promotional efforts.

Best Valentine Gift Ideas For The Sea-Doo Lover In Your Life

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heartValentine’s Day is the perfect moment to share some extra love with your significant other and treat them to what makes their heart sing. With spring right around the corner, give the one you share the exciting Sea-Doo Life with something they will appreciate and enjoy.

The Sea-Doo team has put together a, “Best His and Hers Valentine Gifts” for your favorite Sea-Doo lover. We provide you some ideas to be more comfortable on the water and to extend that lifestyle and passion with him or her between rides. The perfect gift for your one and only is right at your fingertips. You can’t go wrong with one of the following Sea-Doo items.

Best Sea-Doo lover Valentines gifts for her.

Ladies’ Airflow PFD – Show her how secure she’s going to feel in this new Sea-Doo PFD during that long weekend Sea-Doo trip you’ve got planned.

Splash Bikini top and Pulse Boardshorts – This swimwear combo will provide her maximum comfort and support during everyday rides with you.

Sea-Doo_PAC_2015_Sportswear_1200_cb_tifSea-Doo Breeze Dress – The Breeze dress is a perfect cover up during that trip to your favorite waterfront restaurant, dipping your toes in the water, or lounging on the dock or beach to admire the sunset.

 

 

Best Sea-Doo lover Valentines gifts for him.

Sea-Doo_PAC_2015_TrendBoards_0155_AC_tifMen’s Freedom PFD – Sometimes you simply have to help dress your man to ensure he is looking his best. Give him a fresh, proper fitting Freedom PFD to start the riding season knowing he is good looking while being protected.

Sea-Doo Sandals – As spring approaches he will appreciate to let his toes breath in the Sea-Doo Sandals while prepping your Sea-Doo for the new riding season.

Sea-Doo_PAC_2015_Sportswear_1121_cb_tifChill Hoody – He will love the comfort of the Chill Hoody while hooking up the Sea-Doo trailer in the morning for your ride together. And, at the end of your day during the drive home, he’ll love it even more as you snuggle up beside him for a bit more warmth.

Summer Fun in the Middle of Winter – At a Boat Show Near You!

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The Sea-Doo SPARK is headlining boat shows across the U.S. and Canada as the most accessible watercraft on the market. The award winning Sea-Doo SPARK is becoming known as making the dream of owning a watercraft possible. And, as we’re all daydreaming of warm summer days during these blustery months, now’s the time to visit a boat show near you to get to know the full line of Sea-Doo watercraft with 16 models to choose from!

Visiting a boat shows provides a great way for you to learn about each of the new models in the line and decide which is best for your riding style. With models in the luxury, performance, wake, and recreational segments, there are a lot to choose from. And now you have the chance to see and hear about upgrades in person as well as learn about our Boat-Show-Only promotions.

BRP Sea-Doo exhibits at various boat shows throughout the season and you can find out exactly which we’ll be attending by visiting the events page here.

Don’t see a city near you on our events page? No worries, local Sea-Doo watercraft dealers can be found exhibiting at almost every show in North America. Follow this link to a comprehensive boat show listing: http://www.boatshows.com/calendar.aspx.

Stay warm and get ready for an amazing season on the water!

DESTINATION SEA-DOO: FOUR MUST DOO DESTINATIONS

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If getting there is half the fun, being there is the total experience. One of the attractions of boating is to gain a different perspective on interesting destinations; a perspective that many dream about. Sea-Doo watercraft make that dream obtainable and take the different perspective a step further as a Sea-Doo watercraft can go places a traditional boat can’t offering a truly unique recreational experience no matter what your destination.

There’s a reason we often talk about the Sea-Doo life, as it’s truly a lifestyle to embrace. What you experience, where you experience it, and whom you experience it with leads to memories of a lifetime, similar to family vacations, so why not combine the two? In this OnBoard entry we are going to share some of our favorite North American Sea-Doo destinations and how to make the most of your Sea-Doo life.

While you’re waiting for spring to arrive, let us help you get your Sea-Doo fix and give you some ideas towards planning a memorable Sea-Doo trip in 2015.

Lake Havasu City, Arizona

Topock Gorge

Topock Gorge

Our first destination is known around the world amongst enthusiasts as the home of the IJSBA World Finals championship watercraft races every October but for the southwest United States this is PWC heaven year round. The self-proclaimed, “Watercraft Capital of the World” lies on the Arizona side of the Colorado River looking west over California where the Parker Dam 20 miles south formed this man-made lake.

Not so long ago the town was simply a blip on the map but in the late 1960’s an entrepreneur named Robert McCulloch decided to develop tourism in the city by bringing the actual old London Bridge to the desert Oasis. The problem was there was no section of water for the bridge to span so he had a channel dug turning the city’s peninsula into a bridge and creating a true historical landmark that is the signature of the city today.

Lake Havasu is very watercraft friendly and offers miles of shoreline to explore from the Parker dam to the south up through the beautiful Topock gorge and beyond roughly 70 miles to Laughlin Nevada and the next dam in the system.

Accommodations: There are hundreds of vacation homes and condos to rent if you are staying with group or various hotels close to the bridge area.

DCIM100GOPROWhere to Launch: We suggest the Site Six public launch ramp on the southwest side of Fiesta Island or Windsor Beach State Park (entrance fee required).

Where to Eat: in town we recommend Shugrue’s for a consistently good, premium meal and while on the water we say make up the river to the I-40 bridge and dock at Topock 66 Spa & Resort for a great meal overlooking the water and passing by trains.

Ideal Sea-Doo model: The Sea-Doo GTI SE for all around watersports fun or either of the GTX Limited models for touring comfort.

Austin, Texas

Loop 360 launch ramp in Austin.

Loop 360 launch ramp in Austin.

Deep in the heart of Texas, Austin is known for being weird and citizens are proud of it, living by the mantra, “Keep Austin Weird.” Don’t take this as a negative but as endearing as this is arguably the most beautiful and diverse city in Texas and besides being the state’s capital is a college town, home to the university of Texas. The city is also known for it’s hip music scene and delicious Tex-Mex and BBQ dinning.

 

The city folk enjoy their outdoors and boating. The area offers two main boating options being Lake Travis and Lake Austin, which is essentially the Colorado River below the dam of Lake Travis. Lake Travis is a bustling waterway in the summer month although the past few years the water levels have been low meaning the on water activities have been condensed and limited. When water levels are normal there are miles of waterways and coves to have fun on.

Down below where the river runs through downtown is ideal for watercraft as the winding river provides a fun riding path.

IMG_3326Accommodations: There are plenty of hotels in the area but for a memorable Sea-Doo trip we suggest La Villa Vista Resort on Lake Travis. La Villa Vista has a bit of romance between European style and Texas flair.

Where to Launch: Lake Travis has a dozen public boat ramps and dozens more at private resorts, check the LCRA website for updates on usage related to water levels. For touring the river below, go to the Loop 360 launch off of the highway for which it’s named.

Where to Eat: In town we recommend Z’Tejas Avery Ranch for the city’s best Tex-mex and while on the water make a stop at the Oasis to enjoy some good grub while viewing the sunset. http://oasis-austin.com

Ideal Sea-Doo model: The Sea-Doo WAKE PRO 215 as versatility fits the local and with coves on the lake and the protected waters of the river providing ideal wakeskating venues you can’t go wrong here

Quebec City, Quebec

Sea-Doo perspective of Quebec City

Sea-Doo perspective of Quebec City

As the oldest city in Canada, Quebec City will offer you an experience as close to being in Europe with out having to ride across the pond. The little big city rests at the bottleneck of the St. Lawrence River and was a natural stop for immigrants making their way to the new world from Europe by sea. The city celebrated their 400 birthday a couple of years ago and the history can be felt throughout the downtown area, “inside the walls” a system of stone walls surrounding the city during times of unexpected attacks.

The stone buildings and cold weather friendly designed French architecture is felt throughout the area with the Chateau Frontenac, or known as the castle by Quebecers is the signature landmark of the city. There is plenty to see and do on land and also plenty to see on water, although you should plan a Sea-Doo trip in July or August, as the boating season in this northern city is short.

In addition to the breathtaking views of downtown there are numerous waterfalls and landmarks to see with in an hours ride including the infamous Grosse Isle where thousands of Irish immigrants were quarantined during times of epidemics. No matter where you beach or dock be aware of the tides that can fluctuate by as much as 7 meters or 21 feet.

Accommodations: There are dozens of fine hotels in the downtown area but trailer parking can be a problem so we suggest venturing five minutes to the west to the highway 540 and 73 interchange area where there are roughly half a dozen three-four star hotels.

IMG_3654Where to Launch: Finding a ramp is tricky with the vast water level changes but we suggest, “Rampe De Mise A L’eau” located on the east side of downtown on Rue de l’Anse au Foulon.

Where to Eat: We suggest Versa, located on the north side of downtown serving great seafood and a wide variety of food. There is something for everybody in the family except your trailer, take a cab or walk to Versa.

Ideal Sea-Doo model: Any of the Sea-Doo models with the S3 hull to bridge the chop and suspension to provide the smoothest ride, such as the GTX Limited iS 260, GTX 155 S, or the RXT-X aS 260.

Cocoa Beach, Florida

Many have heard of this Florida town perhaps as the home to I Dream of Jeannie, surfing star Kelly Slater, and NASA but further inland lies the flavor of the real Florida. Cocoa Beach certain has beautiful beaches and rests on the barrier island separated by the Banana and Indian Rivers. The, “rivers” aren’t actual rivers but estuaries, in fact the Indian River stretches over 80-miles along the east coast and is the most diverse estuary in North America with over 4700 different species of life.

DCIM100GOPROThese rivers offer great boating but 20-minutes further to the west is the beginning portion of the St. Johns River, one of four major north flowing rivers in the world filled with dark, tannic died waters of Florida swamp land. Here is where you will see blue herons, wild hogs, alligators and grazing cattle. The river is still narrow and twisty in this area offering the closest feeling to a road course on the water but be careful of airboats and other vessels around those blind corners and bring a GPS as the various fingers of the river begin to look alike.

DCIM100GOPROOn the St. Johns is where you will gain a new appreciation on how you can enjoy riding a Sea-Doo watercraft.

Accommodations: Cocoa Beach is a very popular vacation destination with dozens of hotels to choose from and nearly all of them have adequate trailer parking area. We suggest The Inn at Cocoa Beach that includes beachfront views, continental breakfast and happy hour wine and cheese.

Where to Launch: On the Banana River we suggest Kelly Park on the Beachline Expressway adjacent to Port Canaveral and with in view of NASA’s VAB (vehicle assembly building). On the St. Johns, we recommend to venture to Leroy Wright Recreation Area on the 520 highway across the street from the Lone Cabbage Fish Camp.

Screen Shot 2015-01-09 at 2.13.25 PMWhere to Eat: Grills Seafood at Port Canaveral is a must dine, accessible by land or water, Grills serves the freshest of Florida Seafood and treats you to live music and views of the action at the busiest cruise ship port in the US. On the St. Johns the Lone Cabbage Fish Camp is another must dine, also accessible by land or water, this rustic stop serves scrumptious gator tail while you can watch the tourists go come and go on airboat rides.

Ideal Sea-Doo model: The St. Johns is arguably the epitome of where the Sea-Doo RXP-X 260 was designed to be ridden. With miles of switchback turns on mirror flat water, the street bike riding style of the RXP-X has never been so fun. The other option would be a Sea-Doo Spark to playfully meander around the lush vegetation and protected waters and ability to easily manage the occasional shallow water areas.

DOCTOR DOO HOW-TO: WINTER TIME LOVE FOR YOUR SEA-DOO TRAILER

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DR-DOO-TRAILER-MAINDr. Doo wants to help you maintain the health of your Sea-Doo trailer, as it is key in getting you to the water.

This BLOG includes tips and insights on seasonal maintenance, systems care, and the products to help maximize your Sea-Doo Life. The fact is, your watercraft spends most of its life NOT in the water but for most on the bunks and now is the perfect time to conduct a trailer check-up. Here are typical items to consider in establishing a trailer check-up program.

Keep it Clean

Corrosion can cause health problems for any maritime vehicle and the first defense against corrosion (rust) is to eliminate corrosive elements by keeping not only your Sea-Doo watercraft cleaned and dry but your trailer too. For those riding in salt, brackish or polluted water, this treatment is particularly important regardless if your trailer is painted or galvanized. When possible wash off the trailer at the boat ramp, or at the nearest carwash.

Store your watercraft and trailer in a well ventilated area.

Store your watercraft and trailer in a well ventilated area.

During the winter months, keep the trailer as dry as possible by storing it in a dry, well-ventilated area. For those storing their Sea-Doo watercraft and trailer outside and covering it, ensure that air can circulate under it and that it will not sag and allow water to pool.

During the down time inspect the trailer frame and wheels for scratches, rust or weak spots. Pay particular attention to joints and fasteners. If any corrosion is spotted remove it immediately, and apply a preventive coating such as a cold galvanizing compound. Weak spots should be repaired and rusted bolts or rotten bunks should be replaced. Exposed or cracked welds should also receive preventive treatment since they also can form galvanic cells that can cause expedited corrosion.

Rolling to the river

Ensure the tire pressure is at the proper PSI.

Ensure the tire pressure is at the proper PSI.

The majority of trailer problems involves the wheels and includes: flats, blowouts and burned-out bearings. Ensure the tires you use match the load requirement and are rated for your highest anticipated tow speed. Tires can loose pressure during times of non-use and the colder winter months. Check the tire pressure (cold) regularly to ensure they are at the proper PSI to ensure dry cracking or deformity doesn’t occur over winter. Also never use different size tires on the same trailer to ensure the trailer will track evenly.

The quarter rule can help determine tire tread health

The quarter rule can help determine tire tread health

To measure the health of your tire’s tread, conduct a visual inspection and implement the quarter test. If any cuts, slits, or damage of any kind visible replace the tire. The quarter test helps determine if the tread of the tire is acceptable. Place a quarter coin in the tread channel and if the top of the head on the coin is visible it’s time to replace the tire as less than 4/32” of the tread is remaining. Also inspect the wheels (particularly around the bolt holes) for cracks or deformation, and replace the wheel if you find problems. Check the lug nuts for tightness, and be sure they are not corroded and fused to the lug studs.

Use XPS synthetic grease to lubricate wheel bearings.

Use XPS synthetic grease to lubricate wheel bearings.

As you prepare the long-term storage of your Sea-Doo watercraft, repack the trailer hubs to prevent moisture in the bearings that could lead to corrosion. When you repack the bearings, use marine-grade grease, a new grease seal and a new cotter pin.

Be sure to pack grease into the bearing prior to installing it, and tighten the bearing to the designated torque. Most bearings require the nut to be hand tight (spin the wheel while tightening) then backing off the nut to insert the cotter pin. After the hub has been repacked the wheel should spin freely but without play.

Let the lights show the way

Ensure wires are strong and have the protective coating intact.

Ensure wires are strong and have the protective coating intact.

Being seen through the trailer lights are vital to safety and are also required by law. Proper functioning trailer lights start at the vehicle connector, which should match or adapt to the car’s system and should include a ground hookup. A ground connection through the trailer ball is not sufficient as a resulting poor ground may lead to dim or flickering lights and corrosion. The electrical wires should be free of abrasions and securely attached to the trailer. If wires are loose wires they can flap and wear and eventually fail so secure them with tie wraps or trailer specific wire routing.

To help ensure your lights are bright and responsive use silicone or rubber sealant to seal the lamps where the wires enter. Apply electrical grease to help protect the sockets and prevent connection corrosion.

And everything else

The bunks should fit the hull and provide even support.

The bunks should fit the hull and provide even support.

Be sure to inspect the overall stature of your trailer with your watercraft on the bunks looking for sags or the combination sitting unevenly. Give the springs a look for corrosion and breakage and the axle for straightness.

 

 

 

If your bunks show excessive wear, replace mounts and carpet.

If your bunks show excessive wear, replace mounts and carpet.

Check the wood bunks and carpet for rips or abrasions, as this is literally the cushion that is protecting your watercraft hull surface. If you must replace the trailer bunks, use pressure-treated wood.

 

 

Lubricate the winch gears with XPS Lube to ensure smooth operation.

Lubricate the winch gears with XPS Lube to ensure smooth operation.

Take the time to check the winch and lubricate the gears and cable or check the strap. Now is a good time to ensure your license and tag is up-to-date. Your trailer is where your watercraft spends most of its time and is what takes it to the water where the fun begins.

 

Take the time to check your trailer during the long winter months as Dr. Doo’s How-To tips help you live the best Sea-Doo life possible.

X-TEAM TUESDAY – SEA-DOO RIDERS DOMINATE THE KING’S CUP LED BY JAMES BUSHELL

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James Bushell

James Bushell

Valcourt, QC, CANADA– December 9, 2014 – BRP closes the 2014 watercraft racing season with a dominating performance at the recent King’s Cup with Sea-Doo watercraft riders winning six of the seven runabout championships featuring modern four-stroke models. Sea-Doo racers from around the world congregated in Thailand to compete in the last high-profile race of the year and did so in true X-TEAM manner. Of the 21 available podium positions in the modern watercraft classes, Sea-Doo riders filled 16 of them.

Pro Open Champion - James Bushell

Pro Open Champion – James Bushell

Current world champion James Bushell added the King’s Cup Pro Open championship to his already stellar list of accolades aboard the Sea-Doo RXP-X. Bushell lead the charge with a dominating performance on his 158-Performance backed Sea-Doo RXP-X in the Pro Open class. Bushell has claimed seven World Championships in the past four years aboard an RXP-X T3 hull equipped watercraft and continued that momentum at this year’s King’s Cup. Bushell has relied on the tight turning and true tracking of the T3 hull and staying connected to the 400+ horsepower produced by his modified, turbo powered Rotax 4-TEC engine tuned by the Sea-Doo Centre.

The Sea-Doo X-TEAM King’s Cup podium finishers include.

PRO OPEN

  1. James Bushell                             UK                   SEA-DOO
  2. Hajime Isahai                              Japan
  3. Yousef Al Abdulrazzaq                  Kuwait           SEA-DOO

PRO-AM OPEN

  1. Boonayod Issarakankul                 Thailand       SEA-DOO
  2. Arttapol Khunsa                            Thailand
  3. Jun Ikoma                                    Japan             SEA-DOO

PRO-AM SPARK STOCK

  1. Katunyou Chomim                        Thailand        SEA-DOO
  2. Arttapol Khunsa                            Thailand        SEA-DOO
  3. Abdullahal Fadhel                          Kuwait           SEA-DOO

EXPERT VETS LIMITED

  1. Rainer Eidner                                Germany         SEA-DOO
  2. Jun Ikoma                                     Japan             SEA-DOO
  3. Pichet Settura                                Thailand         SEA-DOO

EXPERT LIMITED

  1. Tipmonghon Khensri                      Thailand        SEA-DOO
  2. Anton Pankratov                            Estonia          SEA-DOO
  3. Muhammad Skukri Bin Hashim        Malasia         SEA-DOO

NOVICE STOCK

  1. Nattawut Phisonpool       Thailand        SEA-DOO
  2. Nontawat Phimcharoen   Thailand        SEA-DOO
  3. Aphisit Rattanayon         Thailand        SEA-DOO

Visit www.facebook.com/seadoo for the most up-to-date information regarding BRP’s X-TEAM activities.

HOW-TO WITH DOCTOR DOO: SEA-DOO WINTERIZING TIPS – KEEP UP THE ENERGY

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drdoo Dr. Doo wants you to keep your energy up during the offseason so your Sea-Doo watercraft is in tip-top shape when spring arrives.

This monthly blog will include tips and insight on seasonal maintenance, systems care, and the products to help maximize your Sea-Doo Life. The winter cold is tough on batteries. It’s important to take the proper preventive maintenance steps to ensure your battery is healthy and ready-to-go when you take your watercraft out of hibernation.

The cold can cause troubles for your battery trauma in two ways;

  • Your Rotax engine requires much more current from your battery to turn over when it’s cold due to the thickening of the oil.
  • Colder temperatures slow the chemical reactions that generate electricity.

Although you may not be using your Sea-Doo watercraft in the cooler months as often, or at all, these tips from Dr. Doo will help ensure you keep the energy up with your electrical system. 

Give your battery a visual check-up.

Ensure your Sea-Doo battery terminals are corrosion free.

Ensure your Sea-Doo battery terminals are corrosion free.

Take a detailed look at the battery casing, looking for damage such as cracks or leaks. If you find any “flaws” in the battery, replace it immediately as a damaged battery can cause operational problems. The battery terminals (where the cables attach to the battery) should be clean, free of corrosion and the cable ends should be securely attached with no “wiggle.” Also, check the cables themselves for damage or wear. If there is any exposed metal of the wiring, replace that section.

Conduct a test.

A certified BRP Sea-Doo watercraft technician should check any battery three years old or older. The tech can conduct a cold cranking power test (CCA test) to measure the amount of power (amperage) the battery is able to produce for half a minute in cooler temperatures. A battery should produce a minimum voltage of 7.3 volts even at freezing. If the battery falls below these minimum standards, it’s time to purchase a new Yuasa° battery from an authorized BRP/Sea-Doo dealer.

Keep it warm if possible.

Providing a protected environment away from freezing temperatures and frigid winds can help keep the energy levels up. If possible, store your watercraft inside a garage or closed storage area. If storing your Sea-Doo watercraft inside isn’t possible you may want to consider removing your battery and storing it in your garage during the winter. When storing your battery, be sure to cover your terminals with a rubber cover or in a cardboard box to avoid possible arcing.

A "Smart" battery charger will maintain proper charge  over extended times of non-use.

A “Smart” battery charger will maintain proper charge over extended times of non-use.

An IV for your battery.

To help ensure your battery maintains healthy energy levels Dr. Doo prescribes you utilize a smart battery charger. These tools are designed for this use and won’t overcharge your battery and ensure they are at maximum strength when it’s go time. These tools can also be used for your other motorized vehicles that utilize a 6-volt or 12-volt system.

Drdoo-levelKeeping up the energy during the long winter months is challenging but with Dr. Doo’s How-To tips to live the best Sea-Doo Life, your watercraft battery will receive a complete clean bill of health.

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