The Spark

As a result of the boat show, and a few conversations in the family, we’re now the proud owners of a Sea-Doo Spark. On May 10th, our  1st weekend at the lake we’re getting ready to take it out for its maiden voyage. The weather is not the best. It’s cool/cold, overcast and a little windy. Everyone wants to take it for a spin, but nobody is too keen about how cold and wet it might be. On the Sunday, it’s decided, we’re going no matter how cold it might be.

Getting ready to take the Sea-Doo to the launch site
Getting ready to take the Sea-Doo to the launch site

We hook it up to Scott’s truck, load up the family and head over to Smith’s Camps to put it in the water.

At Smith’s we re-connect with Allen, the owner, and catch up on a bit of the neighbourhood news. Some discussion about launch logistics and Eric and Scott are ready to do it.

Rider Up, ready to launch
Rider Up, ready to launch
Getting Closer
Getting Closer

Down the ramp we go and the trailer and Sea-Doo are christened with their first dip into the frigid water. After all the ice just went off the lake on May 3rd!

We’re not super prepared for this, just super confident. We have no ropes on the Sea-Doo so once it’s set free from the trailer, Eric is on his own.

Well, this is when things get a little interesting. The Spark is not starting and Eric is adrift in the lake!

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Fortunately, we’re in an enclosed area at Smith’s and eventually Eric and the Spark will drift over to a dock. But, there is a small chance he’ll drift out the opening you see in the background and out into the lake. Our boat is not in the water yet. If this happens we’ll need Allen to launch a rescue mission for some serious $$$s.

But that doesn’t happen and Eric drifts over to one of the docks and after several tense / frustrating minutes and quite a few tries, it starts! Let the fun begin!.

Underway for the 1st time.
Underway for the 1st time.

wpid1819-IMG_5405.jpgAfter zooming around the bay for a few minutes Eric returns to take Parker out for a ride. Everybody is pretty pumped and excited.

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Eric and Parker set to ride.

I’m next to ride and I must admit it’s very nice, like a motorcycle on the water.

Garry returning to the dock after the first ride.
Garry returning to the dock after the first ride.

Scott is next to go.

Scott's 1st ride
Scott’s 1st ride

After lots of discussion on how it handles, the speed and acceleration, and how much fun it will be this summer, especially when it warms up, we load the Spark back up on the trailer and head back to the cottage where we had an awesome hot lunch.

Perhaps we’ll need to give this toy an official name, something more than “The Spark”?

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