The team here at JSW Powersports would like to thank everyone who attended our PWC Owners night, especially the industry professionals who made it all happen! The night was a huge success thanks to our guest speakers and the feedback we have had from the attendees has been fantastic. The night started with some wise words from Senior Constable Adam Howe from the Queensland Water Police resulting in an in-depth Q & A between him and the attendees. This was a great way to start the night, covering many topics people have been misinformed on, or have been a grey area in the past. One main topic was the question of PWC riding at night, is it legal and if so what are the rules?
Thankfully Adam set the record straight informing the group that it is perfectly legal as long as you are equipped with the correct navigation lights. To make it clear, you must have both a red - port (left) and green - starboard (right) light at the helm of your PWC as well as a white stern light elevated 1 metre above these in order to meet night riding requirements. When anchored you must show your all-round white light. Adam also made us aware of an app called 'Emergency +' . 'Emergency +' is a national app developed by Australia's emergency services and their Government and industry partners, helping people to call the right number at the right time, anywhere in Australia. The app uses a mobile phone's GPS functionality so callers can provide emergency call-takers with their location information as determined by their smart phone. ‘Emergency+’ also includes SES and Police Assistance Line numbers as options, so non-emergency calls are made to the most appropriate number.
Following Adam we heard from Corey from Club Marine. JSW Powersports are a Platinum partner with Club Marine providing our customers with both insurance and extension of warranty. Corey discussed the importance of keeping your PWC stored safely due to the unfortunate high levels of PWC theft. He also touched on the significance of maintaining the manufacturers service schedule, as well as the use of genuine parts to ensure insurance and warranty obligations are met.
We were then lucky enough to hear from Shane Riley and Luke Stratton. Shane is from Broadwater Boat and Jet Ski Licencing and has been in the industry for nearly 20 years. He gave advise on off shore safety equipment and what is required for a PWC. If you are planning on travelling beyond smooth and partially smooth waters you are required to carry a minimum of an EPIRB (406 MHz), Safety V-Sheet and Flares and you must be wearing a PFD2 (L50) life vest. For all information on what safety equipment you need and where, refer to page 25 of the BoatSafe workbook. We also had Luke Stratton from Gold Coast Boat and Jet Ski Licensing advise us that you must remember, different rules apply in different states so make sure you do your research when on the water elsewhere in Australia.
Shane also advised us to use an app called Navionics. A favourite among cruisers, sailors, fishermen and divers it has the same detailed charts as on the best GPS plotters. It includes features such as dock-to-dock Autorouting, a unique breakthrough in boating navigation which quickly creates detailed routes even through narrow waterways and channels, based on chart data and navigation aids. It also shows information on points of interest near the destination such as the harbour master, marinas and moorings, fuel stations, restaurants and bars, shops, taxis, launch services and more.
Following Shane, our very own Anthony Antees and Marshall Lewis went back to basics with the features and benefits of a Sea-Doo. They touched on riding techniques, flushing and storing, towing and how to use the features to get the most out of your Sea-Doo. They spoke about how to increase comfort and speed whilst riding and discussed control options and fuel consumption. Again, this resulted in an in-depth Q & A between all speakers discussing various topics related to all things PWC. This was a great opportunity for everyone in attendance to interact with our industry professionals and have the chance to clear up any unanswered questions.
To finish off the evening we asked Simon Kendrick from BRP to educate our guests on the development of Sea-Doo products over the years. Simon has worked with Sea-Doo for many years and has witnessed the evolution of the Sea-Doo brand. He introduced the new 300hp engine and provides insight as to how the product has been developed and how far they have come. The latest 300hp is positioned as the fastest recreational PWC on the market, attaining speeds of over 120km/h. Fortunately, Sea-Doo intelligent brake and reverse mean the 300hp beast can stop 33m shorter at 80kmph than a PWC without brakes. As Simon said, 'BRP has a commitment to continuous research, development and product evolution'.
Our PWC Owners night was a huge success with everyone involved learning something new about being a PWC owner. This taught us that often the rules and regulations can be misinterpreted or misunderstood and therefore you need to make sure you do your research before heading out on the water. Ultimately we have learnt that whilst it is important to have fun - safety is the key ingredient to PWC riding!
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