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    PWCToday Newbie dcdude's Avatar
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    Apr 2014
    South Bay Los Angeles

    What to do about KELP!

    So I was out yesterday off Pt. Fermin (San Pedro) and suddenly found myself surrounded by kelp. Even at low speed, I sucked some up very quickly. When I tried to get out, all I got was revs, no motion followed by a red light and alarm. I shut her down immediately. Like some miracle, the snorkeler I noticed a minute earlier came over and offered to clear my grate. Wow- the kindness of strangers! We were on our way again within seconds.

    Only later did I notice the red navigational bouy. I could only assume that it was there to remind boats to navigate OUTSIDE of the area rather than inside like a dumbass. Besides studying my charts better, and simply riding around it, what do I do to avoid this in the future? I'm thinking that a dive mask and knife might be cheap insurance, but once in that water, I expect that I could clear most of it by feel...

    Thanks in advance!
    2006 Yamaha Waverunner FXHO Black & Gold.
    Cabrillo Beach, San Pedro (Los Angeles)

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    Austin, Texas, USA

    Re: What to do about KELP!

    I run into problems with hydrilla, a non-native aquatic freshwater plant, at the lake I usually ride. Sometimes it gets out of control and reaches the surface or very close to it and once it gets to that point there is no avoiding it. It covers a huge portion of the lake and you have to learn how to clear the pump by feel.
    Riding mostly Lake Austin

    1984 JS440 -- 1989 650sx -- 1991 X2 -- 1992 750sx -- 1995 900zxi (qty 2) -- 1995 X2

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