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    PWCToday.com Is My Home Away From Home theVetteman3's Avatar
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    Re: Air Blair Dart rider review

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    BTW, theVetteman3 I looked but cannot find the Air Blair Dart video on the X-H20. Got a link you want to share?
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    Sure thing Tim, here you go.
    http://www.x-h2o.com/index.php?threa...review.161709/
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    PWCToday.com Is My Home Away From Home JSNate's Avatar
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    Re: Air Blair Dart rider review

    Week two with the Dart in my procession and I continue to grow more fond of this machine. I now have listed one of my beloved SJ's to partially fund this purchase. As long as I sell the SN, I plan to keep this ski.

    Each time I ride the Dart I become more comfortable and confident behind the bars. As I gain confidence I begin to throw the ski around a bit at low speed and discover it's personality at speed. This is not a ski I want to hold wide open in a straight line for very long. It can be controlled at speed. But, its a balancing act to keep from being tossed overboard. However, this ski is so damn good at what it was clearly designed to do so well. And that is riding waves and low to mid speed maneuvers. I haven't had a chance to take it to the Great Lakes yet.. And quite frankly I want to spend a bunch more time on an inland lake first. I was able to simulate surf conditions behind a boat. And this is where this ski lets you know what it is capable of. The control in waves is outstanding and predictable even with my limited time on the hull. The flat manners really help maintain full control and stability surfing a large boat wake. This is such an athletic machine, I can tell it just wants to be rotated and rolled. I may not be ready, but the Dart sure helps with the confidence building. And I know by next Spring, I will be pushing myself to keep up with this ski.

    I had an opportunity to ride with a group last weekend on our lake. We had a bunch of nice skis there including several SJ's, conversion JS, and an aftermarket ski the owner referred to as "The Frickter". Basically a Rickter clone with a limited 701, all the goodies and sporting a 144mm pump, according to him.

    We all took turns swapping skis and giving feedback. I was pleasantly surprised to still be the best rider in a much younger group of riders. One of my buddies referred to me as "God Father"..

    It was an overwhelming concusses when we spoke about what ski stood out in the crowd. The Air Blair Dart was head and shoulders better performing than the Frickter. And that ski was no slouch at all. It was a very fun and capable freestyle ski. Just nowhere near as athletic, powerful or controllable as the AB Dart. I do not intend for this to be an accurate assessment of a real Rickter vs Air Blair comparison. But... I feel I got a taste.
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    Re: Air Blair Dart rider review

    *Consensus... Damn spell check!!

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    Re: Air Blair Dart rider review

    nice review ABnate!
    I've had my Dart for 3 years or so now. The dart is an ideal surf ski, it can easily do all the aerials and is a riot to slash waves with. It never gets old for me. The tray is the best on the market as far as I am concerned. The comfort, security, and positioning of the front foot hold is unmatched. The stance distance between front and back foothold is perfect, the balance between ride position, pump, and motor is perfect. The small sponsons molded into the hull are ideal and I am not a big fan of sponsons. I have ridden XFRs, XFSs, evo's, superfreaks, aquabots etc. and I think the Dart has the best handling and rider comfort. I have not had a single crack in my ski, and I've had some big splats. I don't think AirBlair has received the recognition that his dart hull deserves for its capability in surf. Plus he always does something a little different on each hull, for example, mine has some rock pattern fabric in the lay up under the hood. Pretty cool stuff and you will never see another one like it.

    I run a JM bigbore, 155 pump with a straight exit nozzle. This setup seems to keep the nose down a bit during normal riding in surf stance. I can get the nose to pop a little easier when I switch to both rear footholds. Changing the exit nozzle to an angled up one can really change how the nose pops out. So really you can set it up to do what ever you want. Plus, I think its sweet to see skis made in Michigan, ridden all over Michigan, I think he has 20+ skis out there now. You just need to beg him to build more if you want one.

    It also pretty cool when your hull builder comes over to your side of the state to shred waves with ya for a weekend every year. Such a nice dude.
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    Re: Air Blair Dart rider review

    Thanks for your post, Schicks! It was nice to read your comments since you have been on several aftermarket skis. If you get a chance, please post some photos of your AB Dart in this thread? Would love to see detailed photos of the hull, pump and under the hood.

    I dig the sponsons on my Dart as well.. Jeff did a great job blending them into the hull. They look as if they belong and not an afterthought. From what I can see each Dart has it's own unique detailing and touches. It would be cool if other would post detailed photos and rider reviews of their skis as well.

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    Re: Air Blair Dart rider review

    As Michigan winter is closing in quickly, I began winterizing and detailing the Dart. She will be tucked away in my garage until next spring. I may pull the 760 and give the engine bay a really good once over. Good way to get more familiar with my favorite toy!
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    Re: Air Blair Dart rider review

    A little Air Blair Dart porn!
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    Re: Air Blair Dart rider review

    Schicks, nice ski! How long have you owned it? How do you like it? Engine details??

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    Re: Air Blair Dart rider review

    Jet Ski Banner still looks good


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