Ok, well.... the first ride went differently than I had expected.
I probably shouldn't post this, but you guys did help me alot so I put some of this blame on you. LOL.
I start the ski on the trailer, idles good. Pushing water through the pissers. Let it come up to temp for a few minutes.
All seems well. Except the water is high 40s and we have a nice "breeze".
I decided to go for it. Start out and make it 20 feet
Before I fall. I Pulled the ski nose high and sink the back end. No worries it's still running. Start out and go to pull my fat ass up and.... the hand pole comes out of the lower bracket. Ski is pinned wide open. I go off the back and it takes off. I can do nothing but float there and watch hoping it doesn't hit someone, a boat, the launch ramp.... all of those thoughts.
A few seconds later the ski is upside down, maybe 20 yards from me. It dies.
I swim to it as it is sinking. i call to my fiance to grab her ski. I get to my ski and luckily the water is only 4' deep there. I flip the right way up, let the bilge ( I almost didnt put in) do its thing and wait.
She was filming this whole thing... I may try to post the video later.
Got it home and give it the once over so far I need to shorten the poles, replace the finger throttle, the cable tore out of it and damaged the threads, the start stop switch was hurt, the connectors for the kill side were pulled out and when plugged back in it has no spark. I un-plug and it fires right up.
So I am assuming I must screw the poles to the base , is this a thing? Does everyone do it?
Might be missing parts of the story, but at dinner with family right now.